Tbilisi World Cup Final 2: Ding Liren escapes
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Tbilisi World Cup Final 2: Ding Liren escapes

Levon Aronian came incredibly close to winning with Black and taking the lead in the 2017 World Cup final on Sunday, but Ding Liren battled to a 75-move draw and remains unbeaten in Tbilisi. Signs of exhaustion were evident in both players after their 21-day ordeal, but we now know there’s not going to be an early end to the match. All four classical games will be played, with tiebreaks, if required, taking place on Wednesday.

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  • Reports Sep 17, 2017 | 6:06 PM 23

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  • Reports Sep 17, 2017 | 8:17 AM 7

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  • Reports Sep 15, 2017 | 6:43 PM 9

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  • Reports Sep 15, 2017 | 9:21 AM 7

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  • Reports Sep 14, 2017 | 8:51 AM 7

    Tbilisi World Cup 4.2: Chucky & Lev meet in QF

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  • Reports Sep 13, 2017 | 12:30 AM 7

    Tbilisi World Cup 4.1: Ivanchuk & Fedoseev strike

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  • Reports Sep 12, 2017 | 10:32 AM 5

    Tbilisi World Cup R3 Tiebreaks: Fabiano crashes out

    No. 3 seed Fabiano Caruana suffered the ignominy of blundering mate-in-1 as his World Cup hopes were crushed by Evgeny Najer in Round 3 tiebreaks. Ian Nepomniachtchi and Li Chao also lost to lower-rated opponents, though you coul...

  • Reports Sep 11, 2017 | 9:04 AM 15

    Tbilisi WC 3.2: Carlsen, Kramnik & Naka all out

    Magnus Carlsen was knocked out of the 2017 FIDE World Cup by Bu Xiangzhi on Sunday as a brutal day’s action also saw Vladimir Kramnik beaten by Vassily Ivanchuk and Hikaru Nakamura fall to a crushing attack from Vladimir Fedoseev...

  • Reports Sep 10, 2017 | 8:58 AM 49

    Tbilisi WC R3.1: Carlsen loses | Kovalyov quits

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  • Reports Sep 9, 2017 | 10:43 AM 12

    Tbilisi World Cup R2: Tiebreak highlights

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