KHANTY MANSIYSK (Combined Sources)–Former World Junior Champion Levon Aronian of Armenia decisively defeated former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine 2-0 in the tie-break games of the final to win the World Chess Cup that concluded here.
Winning both games under rapid time control–Aronian outwitted his opponent and remained the only undefeated contestant in this seven-round tournament.
Grandmaster Aronian demonstrated his superiority by going to tie-breaker only twice–once in round four against Francisco Vallejo Pons of Spain and next in the finals against Ponomariov.
Besides these two games–Aronian won all mini-matches under normal time control games. Aronian’s success rate was phenomenal. He won seven out of 14 games under normal time control and drew the remaining. In the rapid tie-break games–he scored 3.5/4 overall.
The highest ranked Armenian ever–Aronian went home $80,000 richer after prevailing over his much favored rival.
The 23 year old Aronian came into the limelight when he won the World Under-12 title in 1994 and then the World Juniors title in 2002.
Aronian is currently number 10 in the world and will likely move up to 5th place with this title.