Chess Candidates 2024, Final Round Highlights: Gukesh clinches title as Caruana vs Nepomniachtchi ends in draw; Zhongyi wins women’s title; Pragg, Humpy, Vaishali end campaign with win

FIDE Candidates 2024: Follow for all updates and highlights from Round 14 of the Candidates Chess tournament as India’s D Gukesh became the youngest tournament winner.

Updated : Apr 22, 2024 07:25 IST

Follow Sportstar’s highlights of the final round of the FIDE Candidates 2024. This was Mayank and Pranay Rajiv, who took you through all the live action.

Gukesh vs Nakamura Interactive Board:

Nepomniachtchi vs Caruana Interactive Board:

  • April 22, 2024 06:47
  • April 22, 2024 06:34
    Women’s Candidates 2024 Leaderboards

    1. Tan Zhongyi (CHN) - 9.0

    2. Koneru Humpy (IND) - 7.5

    3. Lei Tingjie (CHN) - 7.5

    4. R. Vaishali (IND) - 7.5

    5. Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS) - 7.0

    6. Kateryna Lagno (RUS) - 6.5

    7. Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) - 5.5

    8. Anna Muzychuk (UKR) - 5.5

  • April 22, 2024 06:34
    Candidates 2024 Leaderboards

    1. D Gukesh (IND) - 9.0

    2. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) - 8.5

    3. Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) - 8.5

    4. Fabiano Caruana (USA) - 8.0

    5. R Praggnanandhaa (IND) - 7.0

    6. Vidit Gujrathi (IND) - 6.0

    7. Alireza Firouzja (FRA) - 5.0

    8. Nijat Abasov (AZE) - 3.5

  • April 22, 2024 06:33
    Final round results


    Hikaru Nakamura ½-½ Gukesh D 

    Alireza Firouzja ½-½ Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 

    Nijat Abasov 0-1 Praggnanandhaa R 

    Fabiano Caruana - Ian Nepomniachtchi 


    Kateryna Lagno 0-1 Vaishali Rameshbabu 

    Lei Tingjie - Humpy Koneru 

    Anna Muzychuk ½-½ Tan Zhongyi 

    Aleksandra Goryachkina ½-½ Nurgyul Salimova

  • April 22, 2024 06:21
    Title decider
  • April 22, 2024 05:58
    Gukesh is the second Indian after Anand to win Candidates

    Gukesh emerges youngest Candidates winner, becomes second Indian to qualify for World Championship final

    India’s D Gukesh became the youngest winner of the FIDE Candidates tournament after an exciting final round on Monday in Toronto.

  • April 22, 2024 05:53
    Gukesh is the youngest challenger!
  • April 22, 2024 05:48
    Nepo vs Caruana ends in draw

    The game between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Fabiano Caruana ended in a draw even after the tremendous fighting spirit shown by both players as Gukesh became the youngest Candidates winner! Would you believe it?

  • April 22, 2024 05:44


  • April 22, 2024 05:38
    Caruana vs Nepo

    The position in the Nepo vs Caruana game has equalised for the nth time. Gukesh’s chances have bolstered, yet again.

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  • April 22, 2024 05:25
    Caruana vs Nepo

    Caruana is grinding out Nepomniachtchi in a very complex endgame. Both players are not playing with great accuracy as the engine just keeps on changing. 

  • April 22, 2024 05:20
    Gukesh vs Nakamura round 14 game
  • April 22, 2024 05:14
    Humpy beats Tingjie

    Tingjie folds, Humpy wins! What a day for the Indians. Three wins and two draws. 

  • April 22, 2024 05:12
    Praggnanandhaa beats Abasov

    Praggnanandhaa ends his Candidates 2024 campaign with a win. He beat Nijat Abasov to finish with 7 points. 

  • April 22, 2024 05:10
    Pragg vs Nakamura match report

    Candidates 2024: Gukesh holds Nakamura to a draw in Round 14

    FIDE Candidates 2024: India’s D Gukesh secured a vital draw against USA’s Hikaru Nakamura in the final round to put himself in the driving seat to win the tournament in Toronto, Canada on Monday.

  • April 22, 2024 05:08
    Gukesh holds Nakamura for a draw

    Hikaru stops the clock, offers a handshake after both players exchange everything. Heartbreaking for the American but Gukesh confirms himself a tie-break spot. 

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  • April 22, 2024 05:04
    Humpy vs Tingjie

    Humpy is a rook up against Tingjie and she will be able to convert her position to a win. 

  • April 22, 2024 04:58
    Caruana vs Nepo

    Oh god, the Nepo-Caruana game has taken another turn with the Russian making another mistake to give Caruana another winning chance. This means the tournament will head to tiebreak tomorrow. 

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  • April 22, 2024 04:53
    Gukesh vs Nakamura

    Gukesh is just moments away from drawing his game against Nakamura. 

  • April 22, 2024 04:44
    Vaishali vs Lagno match report

    Candidates 2024: Vaishali beats Lagno to record fifth consecutive win

    India’s R Vaishali ended her FIDE Candidates 2024 campaign on a high after beating Russia’s Kateryna Lagno in the final round to register her fifth consecutive win in the competition, in Toronto on Monday.

  • April 22, 2024 04:42
    Pragg vs Abasov

    Now, even Praggnanandhaa is winning his game. Nijat Abasov has played with a 90.7 accuracy while the Indian has an accuracy of 95.4. 

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  • April 22, 2024 04:36
    Caruana vs Nepo

    The Caruana-Nepomniachtchi game has become very equal. The Russian should feel confident of holding this position. 

  • April 22, 2024 04:25
    Vaishali beats Lagno

    Vaishali beats Kateryna Lagno to grab her fifth win in a row! Would you believe it! What a turnaround for her to win five games back to back after losing four in a row. Incredible stuff. 

  • April 22, 2024 04:22
    Caruana vs Nepo

    Nepomniachtchi finds the best move -- queen to c2 and this is big news for Gukesh as a draw for the Indian would suffice to win him a title provided Nepo holds Caruana. 

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  • April 22, 2024 04:17
    GM’s swindle!
  • April 22, 2024 04:13
    Caruana vs Nepo

    No no no... Caruana makes a mistake on his 41st move! It’s an equal position now as all of his edge has fizzled out. 

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  • April 22, 2024 04:11
  • April 22, 2024 04:08
    Caruana vs Nepo

    Caruana has 34 seconds to play his 40th move. 

  • April 22, 2024 04:05
    Caruana vs Nepo

    Caruana will have to make three more moves with just 93 seconds on the board to reach the 40th move. Mind you, 30 additional minutes with a 30-second increment per move will only be activated after the move no. 40. 

  • April 22, 2024 04:03
    Gukesh vs Nakamura

    We’re in a rook-bishop endgame in the Gukesh vs Nakamura game. There is nothing that can fetch a win for the American. 

  • April 22, 2024 03:53
    Humpy vs Tingjie

    Lei Tingjie’s queen sacrifice did not work in her favour as Humpy is now in a completely winning position now. 

  • April 22, 2024 03:51
    Vaishali vs Lagno

    Vaishali is winning her game against Kateryna Lagno after the latter made a few blunders towards the end. 

  • April 22, 2024 03:50
    Gukesh vs Nakamura

    It’s a solid position in the Gukesh-Nakamura board. Both players have exchanged rooks and it’s heading to a draw. 

  • April 22, 2024 03:47
    Tan Zhongyi wins Women’s Candidates

    Big news coming in! Tan Zhongyi draws her game with Anna Muzychuk to book a world championship match with Ju Wenjun. 

  • April 22, 2024 03:33
    Caruana vs Nepo

    Nepomniachtchi made an inaccuracy and Caruana is just completely winning in this position. 

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  • April 22, 2024 03:19
    Caruana vs Nepo

    Caruana plays bishop f5 check, forcing Nepo to move his king inside before playing another top engine move. The American is just relentless here. 

  • April 22, 2024 03:10
    Gukesh vs Nakamura

    Gukesh trades queens as the position has simplified and equalised for both players. 

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  • April 22, 2024 03:08
    To sum up things
  • April 22, 2024 02:53
    Caruana looking strong!
  • April 22, 2024 02:48
    Caruana vs Nepomniachtchi

    Caruana played the best move d5 in the position and he is so focused on beating Nepomniachtchi in a must-win game. 

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  • April 22, 2024 02:43
    Zhongyi vs Muzychuk

    It looks like Tan Zhongyi would not take much time to convert her favourable position against Anna Muzhychuk. It’s just about time now. 

  • April 22, 2024 02:41
    Pragg vs Abasov

    Meanwhile, Praggnanandhaa is holding Nijat Abasov with black pieces with ease. 

  • April 22, 2024 02:26
    Vaishali vs Lagno

    The second brilliancy has been played in the game between Vaishali vs Lagno game and this time it’s Vaishali with black. 

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  • April 22, 2024 02:21
    Gukesh winning according to Giri!
  • April 22, 2024 02:18
    Humpy vs Tingjie

    Lei Tingjie sacks her queen to gain tempo in the queenside as she is in desperate need of a full point here if she wants to match Tan Zhongyi. 

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  • April 22, 2024 02:09
    Gukesh vs Nakamura

    Gukesh has a 15-minute time advantage with a consolidated position against Nakamura. This looks good for the second-youngest Candidate ever. 

  • April 22, 2024 02:02
    Gukesh vs Nakamura

    Gukesh continues his innovative touch as he goes Bishop to b7 attacking the white knight. Hikaru Nakamura takes his time. His clock has dipped under the one-hour mark. 

  • April 22, 2024 01:52
    Not a bad advice!
  • April 22, 2024 01:34
    Nakamura vs Gukesh

    Hikaru Nakamura is taking his time with his 12th move. He finally goes knight to e4 to evade from the attacking black pawn. The eval bar slightly favours Gukesh at this point. 

  • April 22, 2024 01:19
    Magnus has his preference!
  • April 22, 2024 01:15
    Zhongyi vs Muzychuk

    Tan Zhongyi is closing in on a win against Muzychuk and is on the verge of securing the title win.

  • April 22, 2024 01:10
    Caruana vs Nepo

    First real mistake from Caruana as he goes Knight to f3, giving Nepo a chance to make an easy trade. The Russian will look to make this advantage count. 

  • April 22, 2024 00:58
    Gukesh vs Nakamura

    For the first time this game, the eval bar has come down to a perfect balance. 0.00. 

  • April 22, 2024 00:49
    Anish Giri’s early thoughts!
  • April 22, 2024 00:45

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  • April 22, 2024 00:40
    Another piece of history on line
  • April 22, 2024 00:37
    Gukesh vs Nakamura

    Not the cleanest of starts from both Gukesh and Nakamura. The move accuracy is under 97.5 for both already. Gukesh and Nakamura soon castle to their short sides. 

  • April 22, 2024 00:33
    Zhongyi vs Muzychuk

    Tan Zhongyi, who just needs a draw to seal the top spot, is off to a steady start against Anna Muzychuk. 

  • April 22, 2024 00:25
    Nepo vs Caruana

    11 moves each already in Nepomniachtchi vs Caruana. Both players have to win today to have a shot at winning the tournament. 

  • April 22, 2024 00:21
    Vidit vs Firouzja ends in draw

    And we have the quickest result of the tournament. Vidit Gujrathi and Alireza blitz 14 moves each and with a three-fold repetition the game ends in a draw. 

  • April 22, 2024 00:18
    Nakamura vs Gukesh

    Quickfire start as Hikaru Nakamura and D Gukesh race through the opening five moves. A queen trade seems to be on the cards. 

  • April 22, 2024 00:17
    And we are off!

    The decisive Round 14 begins. 

  • April 22, 2024 00:11
    In case you were wondering!

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  • April 22, 2024 00:01
    Why 15 minutes of delay in the broadcast?

    So if you don’t know, there is a 15-minute delay in all the official broadcasts of the games to ensure anti-cheating measures. The live board will be activated at 12:15 IST

  • April 21, 2024 23:52
    The decider!
  • April 21, 2024 23:46
    Women’s Category Points Table

    1. Tan Zhongyi (CHN) - 8.5

    2. Lei Tingjie (CHN) - 7.5

    3. Koneru Humpy (IND) - 6.5

    4. Kateryna Lagno (RUS) - 6.5

    5. Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS) - 6.5

    6. R. Vaishali (IND) - 6.5

    7. Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) - 5.0

    8. Anna Muzychuk (UKR) - 5.0

  • April 21, 2024 23:37
    Open Category Points Table

    1. D Gukesh (IND) - 8.5

    2. Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) - 8.0

    3. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) - 8.0

    4. Fabiano Caruana (USA) - 8.0

    5. R Praggnanandhaa (IND) - 6.0

    6. Vidit Gujrathi (IND) - 5.5

    7. Alireza Firouzja (FRA) - 4.5

    8. Nijat Abasov (AZE) - 3.5

  • April 21, 2024 23:27
    Round 13 Report

    FIDE Candidates 2024, Round 13: Gukesh foxes Firouzja to take sole lead; Caruana joins Nepomniachtchi, Nakamura in the second place

    D. Gukesh became the sole leader in the FIDE Candidates 2024 ahead of the final round after dislodging Ian Nepomniachtchi from the leader’s pedestal for the first time.

  • April 21, 2024 23:18
    Round 14 Pairings


    Hikaru Nakamura - Gukesh D 

    Alireza Firouzja - Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 

    Nijat Abasov - Praggnanandhaa R 

    Fabiano Caruana - Ian Nepomniachtchi


    Kateryna Lagno - Vaishali Rameshbabu 

    Lei Tingjie - Humpy Koneru 

    Anna Muzychuk - Tan Zhongyi 

    Aleksandra Goryachkina - Nurgyul Salimova

  • April 21, 2024 23:11
    How can Gukesh win the Candidates?

    Gukesh at Chess Candidates 2024: How can Gukesh qualify for World Championship final?

    India’s D Gukesh heads into the final round of the FIDE Candidates tournament on Monday with a golden chance to become the youngest winner of the competition.

  • April 21, 2024 23:06
    Live Streaming Info

    Where to watch the live stream of the Candidates 2024 chess?

    The live streaming of the Candidates 2024 will be available on the FIDE YouTube channel.

    Which TV channel will broadcast the Candidates 2024 chess?

    There has been no official announcement for the broadcasting of the Candidates 2024 in India.

  • April 21, 2024 22:57

    Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the 14th round of the FIDE Candidates Chess 2024 tournament, happening in Toronto on Monday. Stay tuned as we bring you all the live updates. 

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