Grandmaster (GM) Levon Aronian (Armenia) has once again been declared FIDE World Chess Cup winner, after 12 years.
Aronian—who plays first board for the three-time World Chess Olympiad champions and the former World Team Chess champions, Armenia—beat GM Ding Liren (China) in the two rapid chess matches in Wednesday’s tiebreakers at the finals of the 2017 FIDE World Chess Cup, which has wrapped up in Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi.
By advancing to the finals of this tournament, Aronian already had been eligible to compete in the Candidates Tournament, which will be held in the German capital city of Berlin in March 2018, to determine the challenger for the World Chess Championship.
Aside from the title of 2017 FIDE World Chess Cup winner, Levon Aronian also received the $120 thousand-award of this event.
He is also the 2005 FIDE World Chess Cup winner.
To note, Levon Aronian will get married on October 30.