Before shedding tears of joy, Teimour Radjabov maintained his calm and outsmarted Levon Aronian to win the $200,000 Airthings Masters online rapid chess final with a game to spare on Sunday.
Having lost the first set on Saturday, a desperate Aronian blew away a great chance to win the opening game. He lost the second before a draw in the third game settled the title.
The triumph was worth $60,000 for Radjabov who became the first player to book his spot in the season finale of the $1.5 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour in San Francisco in December. Aronian gained $40,000.
For the third place, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat Daniil Dubov 2.5-1.5 in the second set after the first ended 2-2.
Vachier, who claimed $25,000, rallied from 0-2…