Today Levon Aronian of Armenia, became the first player to win two World Cups. After four draws in the classical portion of the World Cup final in Tbilisi, Georgia, Ding Liren and Levon Aronian faced off in rapid tiebreaks.
Aronian won the first rapid game (G/25+10) in a thrilling attacking victory. Try to find Levon’s crushing move in this position if you haven’t already played through the game.
27.Kg2! paves the way for the devastating addition of the white rook to the attack.
This loss put Ding Liren in a must-win situation in game two.
Aronian staved off Ding Liren’s attacking chances and turned the tables with 30…Nf5, since 31. Rxf5 fails to …Qh4. Instead White can play Rg1-g2 or Qg4 to avoid immediate disaster. Instead Ding Liren fell quickly after 31. Rfe1 Qh4, granting Levon the rapid sweep and his World Cup crown.