Chess Candidates 2024, Round 11 Highlights: Humpy, Vaishali win; Vidit, Praggnanandhaa lose; Gukesh draws vs Caruana

FIDE Candidates 2024: Follow for all updates and highlights from the Candidates Chess tournament round 11 which happened in Toronto on Thursday.

Updated : Apr 18, 2024 06:34 IST

Follow Sportstar’s highlights of the Candidates Chess tournament round 11 which happened in Toronto on Thursday.

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  • April 18, 2024 05:50
    Round 11 Results


    Hikaru Nakamura 1-0 Nijat Abasov 

    Fabiano Caruana 1-0 Alireza Firouzja 

    Ian Nepomniachtchi ½-½ Gukesh D 

    Praggnanandhaa R ½-½ Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 


    Kateryna Lagno ½-½ Anna Muzychuk 

    Aleksandra Goryachkina 0-1 Lei Tingjie 

    Nurgyul Salimova 0-1 Vaishali Rameshbabu 

    Tan Zhongyi ½-½ Humpy Koneru

  • April 18, 2024 05:49
    Humpy, Vaishali match report

    Candidates 2024: Koneru Humpy beats Nurgyul Salimova; Vaishali gets better off Goryachkina in round 11

    FIDE Candidates 2024: Both Koneru Humpy and R. Vaishali won their respective round 11 games.

  • April 18, 2024 05:42
    Vidit loses to Nepomniachtchi

    Vidit folds and it’s Ian Nepomniachtchi who is in the sole lead with just three rounds to spare. 

  • April 18, 2024 05:41
    Humpy beats Salimova

    Humpy finally converts the position and beats Salimova in a 90-move marathon game and she moves to 5.5 points now. 

  • April 18, 2024 05:34
    Vidit vs Nepomniachtchi

    Vidit meanwhile blunders and is in a losing position against Nepomniachtchi. 

  • April 18, 2024 05:26
    Vaishali beats Goryachkina

    As Vaishali snatches Goryachkina’s queen, the latter is forced to resign. Vaishali fights back with her second win in succession after beating Salimova yesterday. 

  • April 18, 2024 05:23
    Vaishali vs Goryachkina

    Wow! The game has shifted once again as Goryachkina blundered under time pressure and has lost her queen to Vaishali. What a turnaround. 

  • April 18, 2024 05:11
    Vaishali vs Goryachkina

    The game has simplified a lot Vaishali vs Goryachkina clash. It is the queen’s endgame now. 

  • April 18, 2024 05:07
    Humpy vs Salimova

    The queens have been traded in the Humpy vs Salimova match. It’s rook endgame with an extra pawn for the former. 

  • April 18, 2024 05:06
    Vaishali vs Goryachkina

    Vaishali had just four seconds left on the clock before her 57th move. The players are getting 30-second increment per move. 

  • April 18, 2024 05:03
    Humpy vs Salimova

    Both Humpy and Salimova have less than 3 minutes on the clock. The Indian is not able to wrap up this game quickly. 

  • April 18, 2024 04:48
    Vidit vs Nepo

    Vidit is down to his last 10 minutes in a holdable position against Nepomniachtchi. 

  • April 18, 2024 04:36
    Tingjie vs Muzychuk

    Lei Tingjie draws her game with Anna Muzychuk with white pieces. 

  • April 18, 2024 04:34
    Humpy vs Salimova

    Humpy starts her pawn march in the g-file and she is very close to converting this position and pocketing a much-needed win. 

  • April 18, 2024 04:28
    A crushing loss to Pragg
  • April 18, 2024 04:23
    Vaishali vs Goryachkina

    Vaishali has lost all of her initiative against Goryachkina and it’s a dead-draw position after 44 moves. 

  • April 18, 2024 04:16
    Pragg loses to Hikaru

    Pragg resigns on the 54th move and he loses to Hikaru as the American moves to joint-lead alongside Gukesh with 6.5 points while the Indian is still with 5.5 points with three rounds to go. 

  • April 18, 2024 04:06
    Pragg vs Nakamura

    Pragg is in a hopeless position against Nakamura and has lost his knight. It’s about resignation time for him. 

  • April 18, 2024 04:01
    Zhongyi beats Lagno

    Tan Zhongyi delivers another win! She check-mates Kateryna Lagno and seems like she is going to be the challenger against Ju Wenjun by the looks of it. 

  • April 18, 2024 03:59
    Vidit vs Nepo

    Two poor moves from Ian Nepomniachtchi put Vidit in a better position but the Indian could not find the best move in this position. 

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  • April 18, 2024 03:50
    Humpy vs Salimova

    Humpy is now two pawns up and completely crushing Nurgyul Salimova here. 

  • April 18, 2024 03:49
    Vaishali vs Goryachkina

    Vaishali offers bishop trade which instantly lowers her eval bar from a completely winning position to only a slightly favourable one. 

  • April 18, 2024 03:47
    Pragg vs Hikaru

    Pragg makes an inaccuracy in time scramble and it’s Hikaru who’s in the driver’s seat now. 

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  • April 18, 2024 03:42
    Gukesh vs Caruana

    And here comes the confirmation, Gukesh draws with Caruana and stays on top of the leaderboards. Vidit will need to hold Nepomniachtchi with white pieces if Gukesh needs to stay in sole lead. 

  • April 18, 2024 03:39
    Gukesh vs Caruana

    The rooks have been exchanged in the Gukesh vs Caruana game and we are into the queen’s endgame which looks like a draw. 

  • April 18, 2024 03:36
    Vaishali vs Goryachkina

    We’re 36 moves into the Vaishali vs Goryachkina game and the Indian has a better position. Are we going to see back to back wins from Vaishali?

  • April 18, 2024 03:33
    In other news!
  • April 18, 2024 03:24
    Humpy vs Salimova

    Humpy can sniff the win after Salimova makes another miscalculation. +3.10 advantage for the Indian GM on the eval bar. 

  • April 18, 2024 03:20
  • April 18, 2024 03:08
    Gukesh vs Caruana

    Gukesh with a chance to double up his rook down his right flank and mount an attack on a loosely protected black pawn. But he blunders a pawn of his own and gives Caruana a chance to march his queen right into the danger area. 

  • April 18, 2024 03:02
    First result of the day!

    Firouzja gets the better of Abasov, who has had a disappointing game. That win takes Firouzja to 4.5 points. 

  • April 18, 2024 03:00
    Promising position for Vaishali

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  • April 18, 2024 02:57
    Humpy vs Salimova

    Humpy makes a knight trade as she looks to press home her advantage against Salimova, who hasn’t helped her cause by making a few miscalculated moves. 

  • April 18, 2024 02:49
    Gukesh vs Caruana

    The time crunch is starting to hit Gukesh. Caruana has nearly 40 minutes over his opponent. Gukesh will have to find some big moves, quickly, to get this game back to his grip. 

  • April 18, 2024 02:39
    Standings reminder!
  • April 18, 2024 02:33
    Vidit vs Nepo

    Vidit’s position continues to deteriorate, ever so slightly. To make it worse for him, Vidit has to make 24 moves in 39 minutes to get past the 40-move cut off. 

  • April 18, 2024 02:26
    Gukesh vs Caruana

    A knight trade is quickly followed by Caruana shutting down a dangerous diagonal for Gukesh’s white bishop. 20 moves done each. 

  • April 18, 2024 02:17
    An array of options for Hikaru

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  • April 18, 2024 02:13
    Firouzja in control vs Abasov
  • April 18, 2024 02:11
    Humpy vs Salimova

    Humpy seems to be narrowly ahead of Salimova. Now the Indian GM pushes her queen forward in attack. This move could determine how the rest of the game unfolds. 

  • April 18, 2024 02:05
    Vidit vs Nepo

    Vidit’s struggle with time continues in this tournament. He has now handed Nepo a 30-minute advantage. And to make it worse, the Russian has an advantage on the board. 

  • April 18, 2024 01:52
    Pragg vs Nakamura

    Hikaru Nakamura has more or less negated Praggnanandhaa’s early white advantage. The eval bar rests at 0.00 for now. 

  • April 18, 2024 01:43
    Vaishali vs Goryachkina

    Goryachkina declines to make it a three-fold repetition draw against Vaishali. With the tournament going deep, every point is crucial. 

  • April 18, 2024 01:40
  • April 18, 2024 01:31
    On a knive’s edge

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  • April 18, 2024 01:21
    Gukesh vs Caruana

    Gukesh continues his pawn march down the left flank as Caruana withdraws his knight. The American though has a significant time advantage. 

  • April 18, 2024 01:13
    Hikaru vs Pragg

    Hikaru puts a check on Pragg with his bishop. Pragg blocks the check with his own bishop, which is backed by a knight. 

  • April 18, 2024 01:05
    Vaishali vs Goryachkina

    Vaishali has worked herself into a solid position, with two pawns controlling the middle against Goryachkina. 

  • April 18, 2024 01:02
    Humpy vs Salimova

    Humpy castles to the longer side against Salimova. The game is slightly in favour of the Indian at this point.

  • April 18, 2024 00:57
    Gukesh vs Caruana

    Caruana goes Bishop to f6 to further strengthen his outpost in the centre. Gukesh put under some early pressure. The Indian is already trailing by more than 20 minutes. 

  • April 18, 2024 00:50
    Vidit vs Nepo

    Nepo puts pressure on Vidit’s queen by bringing out his bishop. Vidit has an option to trade queens, but he doesn’t seem interested to do it. The game is heating up. 

  • April 18, 2024 00:47
    Pragg vs Nakamura

    Praggnanandhaa and Nakamura trade queens. Pragg seems to be holding a minor advantage as we enter the middle game. 

  • April 18, 2024 00:36
    Gukesh vs Caruana

    Caruana still waiting for Gukesh to make his fourth move. 100.00 accuracy from both according to Stockfish. 

  • April 18, 2024 00:29
    Pragg vs Nakamura

    Opening - Queen’s Pawn Opening: Symmetrical Variation

    Praggnanandhaa takes his time for his fourth move. Nakamura waits. 

  • April 18, 2024 00:25
    Vaishali vs Goryachkina

    A slightly off-balance start from Goryachkina against Vaishali. Alapin Sicilian defence is the opening structure. 

  • April 18, 2024 00:23
    Humpy vs Salimova

    Opening - Slav Defence. 

    Humpy trades a knight for a bishop against Salimova. The Indian contender absolutely needs a win today if she wants to retain any hopes of clinching the title. 

  • April 18, 2024 00:22
    Gukesh vs Caruana

    Queen’s Gambit Declined: Three Knights, Barmen Variation is how it has played for opening of Gukesh vs Caruana. Gukesh is the first to take a moment to recalibrate. 

  • April 18, 2024 00:19
    Vidit vs Nepo

    Petrov’s defence for Vidit vs Nepo as the Indian GM brings out his queen into action early on. 

  • April 18, 2024 00:18
    Round 11 begins

    And we are off. Another exciting round of chess with the title race really heating up. 

  • April 18, 2024 00:13
    Points Table

    Women’s Category

    1. Lei Tingjie (CHN) - 6.5

    2. Tan Zhongyi (CHN) - 6.5

    3. Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS) - 5.5

    4. Kateryna Lagno (RUS) - 5.5

    5. Koneru Humpy (IND) - 4.5

    6. Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) - 4.0

    7. Anna Muzychuk (UKR) - 4.0

    8. R. Vaishali (IND) - 3.5

  • April 18, 2024 00:05
    Points Table

    1. D Gukesh (IND) - 6.0

    2. Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) - 6.0

    3. R Praggnanandhaa (IND) - 5.5

    4. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) - 5.5

    5. Fabiano Caruana (USA) - 5.5

    6. Vidit Gujrathi (IND) - 5.0

    7. Alireza Firouzja (FRA) - 3.5

    8. Nijat Abasov (AZE) - 3.0

  • April 17, 2024 23:56
    Round 11 pairings
  • April 17, 2024 23:48
    Open Preview

    Candidates 2024: Gukesh gets ready for Caruana; Indians a worry for Nepomniachtchi

    Before the last set of two rounds, how Nepomniachtchi deals with the Indian challengers could prove crucial.

  • April 17, 2024 23:37
    Women’s Preview

    Women’s Candidates 2024: Humpy looks to avenge defeat against Salimova

    Over the last 10 rounds, Humpy struggled to create chances and at times, failed to read the position better and overlooked some pleasant continuations.

  • April 17, 2024 23:29
    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 17, 2024 23:14
    Big Clash!

  • April 17, 2024 23:08
    Round 11 Pairings


    Hikaru Nakamura - R Praggnanandhaa 

    Nijat Abasov - Alireza Firouzja

    Fabiano Caruana - Gukesh D

    Ian Nepomniachtchi - Vidit Santosh Gujrathi


    Lei Tingjie - Anna Muzychuk

    Aleksandra Goryachkina - Vaishali Rameshbabu

    Nurgyul Salimova - Koneru Humpy

    Tan Zhongyi - Kateryna Lagno 

  • April 17, 2024 23:00

    Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the FIDE Candidates 2024 round 11, happening at the Great Hall in Toronto, Canada on Thursday. Stay tuned as we bring you all the live updates. 

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