Aronian holds Radjabov

January 02, 2021 04:08 am | Updated 11:55 pm IST - NEW DELHI

Levon Aronian escaped with a 45-move draw in the first game of the opening set in the final of the $200,000 Airthings Masters online rapid chess tournament on Saturday.

On Friday, Radjabov and Aronian advanced to the final with easy victories in the second set too, against Daniil Dubov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, respectively.

Radjabov saw off Dubov’s all-or-nothing approach and won twice in succession to put an early end to the Russian’s challenge.

Aronian, following two drawn games, pulled off a 113-move win over Vachier and joined Radjabov in posting straight-set victories in the semifinals.

The results: Final: Set One, Game One: Teimour Radjabov (Aze) drew with Levon Aronian (Arm). For third place: Set One, Game One: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra) lost to Daniil Dubov (Rus). Semifinals: Set Two: Radjabov bt Dubov 2-0; Aronian bt Vachier 2-1.

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