Levon Aronian needed just two games and under an hour and a half of play to clinch victory over Vladislav Artemiev and take the $30,000 top prize in the Goldmoney Asian Rapid. Levon’s spectacular final win was a fitting end to an event where he’d also won the Preliminary stage, to take home the maximum number of tour points. The fight for 3rd place was also one-sided, but with a twist. Ding Liren hit back to win the second day’s rapid chess 3:0 before Magnus Carlsen took over in blitz to clinch the match.
Levon Aronian is set to switch to the United States Chess Federation after the FIDE World Cup, so it was appropriate that he won his first event on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour on US Independence Day. Magnus Carlsen would later joke when asked if he was happy for his friend.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the Goldmoney Asian Rapid and will stick around for all the other chess action coming up!
- Champions Chess Tour website
- All the Goldmoney Asian Rapid games with computer analysis: Prelims, Knockout
- Hou Yifan joins Magnus Carlsen for Goldmoney Asian Rapid
- Carlsen starts Goldmoney Asian Rapid against Firouzja, Hou Yifan & So
- Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 1: Carlsen hits back after Firouzja stumble
- Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 2: Aronian and Ding lead
- Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 3: Aronian triumphs, faces 17-year-old Erigaisi
- Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 4: Carlsen & Artemiev lead
- Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 5: Carlsen & Aronian scrape into semis after playoffs
- Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 6: Carlsen & Ding strike
- Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 7: Aronian & Artemiev stun Carlsen & Ding
- Goldmoney Asian Rapid Day 8: Aronian leads final