International Chess Federation
Friday, 01 Jan 2021 19:55
Radjabov and Aronian face off in the final

Teimour Radjabov and Levon Aronian built up the first semifinals day momentum and advanced to the final of the Airthings Masters after defeating Daniil Dubov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

It took Radjabov just two games in the second semifinal set to clinch his spot in the final. In the first game, he bested Dubov in a sharp line of the Queen’s Gambit with early g2-g4. In game 2 Daniil spurned the move repetition in a roughly equal position but missed the opponent’s idea of trapping his queen. In order to save his strongest piece, the Russian had to make huge positional concessions that Teimour quickly exploited.

Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave did not need all four games to determine the winner of the match either. After two draws Levon obtained a very promising position with White in game 3. It seems like Maxim made a critical mistake on move 18 which cost him a pawn. Levon’s converting was not ideal but eventually, he prevailed and became the second finalist.

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