Aronian wins Tata Steel India blitz title

KOLKATA,  Nov 21:  World number four Levon Aronian clinched the Tata Steel Chess India blitz title, pipping Indian teenage sensation Arjun Erigaisi in a thrilling armageddon finish here on Sunday.

After leapfrogging sole leader Nihal Sarin, both Aronian and Arjun finished on same points and the match was decided in armageddon.

Earlier, in the final round of the two-day blitz meet, sole leader Nihal Sarin lost to former world junior champion Parham Maghsoodloo of Iran.

Aronian and Arjun, on the other hand, won their respective matches to finish on same points to force a tiebreaker and then it was ultimately decided on armageddon.

Arjun, who won the rapid title, was in the sole lead halfway through the tournament, having scored an undefeated plus-four but he slipped in the final nine rounds, giving the lead to Sarin.

Sarin won the second-half of the blitz, scoring 6.5 out of nine on Sunday that included just one draw. He also defeated Arjun in the 10th round in one of the highlights of the final day.  (PTI)