Levon Aronian Faces Ding Liren in World Cup Final

Ding Liren vs. Wesley So, Anastasiya Karlovich

Levon Aronian of Armenia and Ding Liren of China will face off in the World Cup final in Tbilisi, Georgia, starting on September 23, at 7 AM EST. By qualifying for the final, both players have secured themselves a coveted spot in the 2018 Candidates.

This means US gold medalists Wesley So and Fabiano Caruana will both have to qualify on rating to participate in the Candidates.  Both are currently on track, as the google doc link above shows with the Chess.Com Isle of Man International soon to provide a further “sweat”, as both Fabiano Caruana and Vladimir Kramnik are participating….and playing in round 1!

The Levon Aronian-Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was a dramatic contest, culminating in an Armageddon.

The Armageddon looked to be headed in MVL’s favor, when the Armenian suddenly turned the tables. Can you see how he forced victory in the following position?

The two excellent sportsmen and friends exchanged tweets shortly after the match finished:

Wesley So lost to Ding Liren in the tiebreaker, his first loss of the event. He was unable to win with Black on demand in the subsequent game, ending So’s excellent World Cup run, and securing Ding Liren a spot in the final.

Follow the final match on the official website and on chess24. 


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