Armenia’s Levon Aronian beat Ding Liren of China in the tie-breaks of the final to win the 2017 FIDE World Cup.
In today’s tiebreak against Ding Liren he won both rapid games. Levon Aronian first won the cup back in 2005.
Levon Aronain said at a post-game interview that winning the tournament was a special moment for him.
He said that winning one of the toughest tournaments and qualifying for the Candidates Tournament was like a dream come true.
Armenia’s leading chess player was supported by a group of people, some waving the Armenian flag.
Aronian said he was supported by his wife-to-be Ariana, his parents and his team. “I’m very grateful to them for their commitment to my goals. Being a member of a family and being a chess player is a difficult thing,” he said.
Aronain said he will now be helping Ariana prepare for the forthcoming wedding.