Chess Candidates 2024, Round 9 Highlights: Vidit beats Nakamura; Praggnanandhaa-Gukesh, Humpy-Lagno end in draw; Vaishali loses to Zhongyi

FIDE Candidates 2024: Follow for all updates and highlights from Round 9 of the FIDE Candidates Chess tournament which happened in Toronto, Canada on Monday.

Updated : Apr 15, 2024 05:38 IST

Follow Sportstar’s highlights of the ninth round of the FIDE Candidates Chess tournament which happened in Toronto, Canada on Monday.

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Vidit vs Nakamura Interactive Board:

  • April 15, 2024 05:07
    Round 9 result


    Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 1-0 Hikaru Nakamura 

    Gukesh D 0.5-0.5 Praggnanandhaa R 

    Alireza Firouzja 0.5-0.5 Ian Nepomniachtchi 

    Nijat Abasov 0.5-0.5 Fabiano Caruana 


    Humpy Koneru 0.5-0.5 Kateryna Lagno 

    Vaishali Rameshbabu 0- 1 Tan Zhongyi

    Lei Tingjie 0.5-0.5 Nurgyul Salimova 

    Anna Muzychuk 0.5-0.5 Aleksandra Goryachkina

  • April 15, 2024 05:07
    Humpy draws vs Lagno

    Finally Humpy and Lagno decide to end the game by mutual agreement. It’s a draw. 

  • April 15, 2024 04:49
    Humpy vs Lagno

    Humpy took 16 minutes to move her rook to b8. She just needs to be mindful of her clock. 

  • April 15, 2024 04:36
    Humpy vs Lagno

    Kateryna Lagno has started her pawn march on the kingside while Humpy is one pawn down. Still it seems like a holdable position for the Indian. 

  • April 15, 2024 04:25
    Abasov holds Caruana

    The last game in the open section between Fabiano Caruana and Nijat Abasov also ended in peace. Both players end the game on the 44th move in a dead draw position. 

  • April 15, 2024 04:20
    Gukesh drew vs Pragg

    Gukesh and Praggnanandhaa end their game in a draw by mutual agreement. Gukesh joins Ian Nepomniachtchi at the top of the leaderboards with 5.5 points. 

  • April 15, 2024 04:14
    Vidit fights back, yet again!
  • April 15, 2024 04:13
    Humpy vs Lagno

    The Humpy vs Lagno game is ending towards a straight forward draw with rook engame being played on the board. 

  • April 15, 2024 04:08
    Vidit beats Hikaru

    Here is the confirmation. Hikaru stops the clock and Vidit does the double on the American! 

    Candidates 2024: Vidit Gujrathi beats Hikaru Nakamura in round nine

    India’s Vidit Gujrathi beat USA’s Hikaru Nakamura in a round nine match in the FIDE Candidates tournament happening in Toronto, Canada on Monday.

  • April 15, 2024 03:59
    Salimova-Tingjie ends in draw

    Another result comes in. Nurgyul Salimova and Lei Tingjie decide to end the game by threefold repetition. 

  • April 15, 2024 03:57
    Nepo draws against Firouzja

    Meanwhile, Ian Nepomniachtchi holds Alireza Firouzja with black pieces from an inferior position. He moves to sole lead momentarily in the open section. 

  • April 15, 2024 03:56
    Vidit vs Nakamura

    Hikaru makes another mistake and Vidit is thriving against the World No. 3. 

  • April 15, 2024 03:51
    Humpy vs Lagno

    The queens are off the board in the Humpy vs Lagno game but the Indian has lost her initiative in the position under time trouble. 

  • April 15, 2024 03:50
    Vidit vs Nakamura

    Vidit takes the free h6 pawn and is now pawns up against Nakamura. A win would put the Indian in a fighting position on the leaderboard with five more rounds to go. 

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  • April 15, 2024 03:37
    Vidit vs Nakamura

    Vidit played the best possible move in the position and he is the one who’s having an initiative on the board. Will Vidit be able to do a double on Hikaru?

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  • April 15, 2024 03:27
    Goryachkina vs Muzychuk

    Goryachkina vs Muzychuk ends in a draw. Goryachkina misses an opportunity to get back level with Tan Zhongyi. 

  • April 15, 2024 03:24
    Vidit vs Nakamura

    A mistake from Nakaumra is quickly followed by a brilliant move by Vidit and the balance of the game has shifted in favour of the Indian. 

  • April 15, 2024 03:14
    Expressions aplenty!
  • April 15, 2024 03:02
    Gukesh vs Pragg heading into end game

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  • April 15, 2024 02:56
    Abasov vs Caruana

    Abasov gets back into the contest against Caruana, who has forfeited the early advantage he had. Not much to separate the two for now. 

  • April 15, 2024 02:35
    Vaishali vs Zhongyi

    We have the first result of the day. Tan Zhongyi gets the better of R Vaishali and returns to winning ways. The Indian contender made one mistake too many to gift the win to her Chinese counterpart. 

  • April 15, 2024 02:22
    Vidit vs Nakamura

    Vidit vs Nakamura perfectly in balance. The Indian has largely made up the time deficit, while there is nothing much to separate the two in terms of board position. 

  • April 15, 2024 02:06
    Vaishali vs Zhongyi

    Vaishali has put herself in a spot of bother against Tan Zhongyi after miscalculated move with her queen. 

  • April 15, 2024 02:02
    Firouzja vs Nepo

    Not the greatest start to the game for Nepo. Just 96.0 accuracy for him according to stockfish. Firouzja has burnt a bit of his clock, but has a narrow edge in the game. 

  • April 15, 2024 01:53
    Anish Giri’s Predictions for Round 9
  • April 15, 2024 01:47
    Humpy vs Lagno

    Both Humpy and Lagno have castled to the shorter side. The latter though has burnt through a significant amount of time on her clock. Very close to spilling under 30 minutes. 

  • April 15, 2024 01:34
    Abasov vs Caruana

    Caruana with the early momentum as he trades queens with Abasov. He will look to capitalise on this early advantage and recover from his defeat to Nakamura in the last round. 

  • April 15, 2024 01:29
    Gukesh vs Pragg

    Gukesh puts pressure on Pragg’s queen with his bishop. Both players are evenly places with regards to time on the clock. 

  • April 15, 2024 01:17
    Humpy vs Lagno

    Lagno up by a pawn against Humpy and now has a good stronghold in the middle of the board. 

  • April 15, 2024 01:08
    Vidit vs Nakamura

    Once again, Vidit is wasteful with time. Nakamura already has a nearly 30 minute advantage on the clock. 

  • April 15, 2024 00:55
    Firouzja vs Nepo

    Another pitched battle happening in the adjacent board. Firouzja and Nepo have entrenched themselves in a Reti Opening battle, with the former operating with the white pieces. 

  • April 15, 2024 00:51
    Gukesh vs Pragg

    Pragg has the better of Gukesh in the early stages of this round 9 match. But it is not a cutting advantage yet. This is going to be a long battle. 

  • April 15, 2024 00:40
    Vidit vs Hikaru

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  • April 15, 2024 00:31
    Vaishali vs Zhongyi

    Sicilian Defence is the name of the game for the Vaishali vs Zhongyi opening. The Indian GM is quick to castle to the short side against the joint leader from the women’s category. 

  • April 15, 2024 00:29
    Gukesh vs Pragg

    Gukesh gives up his bishop for Pragg’s knight. Pragg has enjoyed a sharp start, maintaining a 100.00 accuracy as per stockfish, while Gukesh has tailed off just a bit. 

  • April 15, 2024 00:23
    Humpy vs Lagno

    Humpy with the white pieces against Lagno. Ragozin Defence formation to start the game. Humpy has had a lacklustre tournament so far and will need to make her advantage with the white pieces count today if she wants to stay alive in this tournament. 

  • April 15, 2024 00:19
    Vidit vs Nakamura

    Vidit Gujrathi is quick to castle to the short side after an Italian Game opening against Hikaru Nakamura. Vidit is in dire need of a win to resurrect his Candidates campaign. 

  • April 15, 2024 00:17
    Gukesh vs Pragg

    Standard Ruy Lopez opening lines from Gukesh and Praggnanandhaa, with the former wielding the white pieces. 

  • April 15, 2024 00:15
    Round 9 begins

    And we are off. Round 9 of the FIDE Candidates tournament begins. 

  • April 15, 2024 00:12
    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 15, 2024 00:12
    Points Table after Round 8

    Women’s Category 

    1. Tan Zhongyi (CHN) - 5.0 

    2. Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS) - 5.0 

    3. Lei Tingjie (CHN) - 5.0 

    4. Kateryna Lagno (RUS) - 4.5 

    5. Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) - 3.5 

    6. Koneru Humpy (IND) - 3.5 

    7. Anna Muzychuk (UKR) - 3.0 

    8. R. Vaishali (IND) - 2.5

  • April 15, 2024 00:00
    Points Table after round 8

    Open Category 

    1. Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) - 5.0 

    2. D Gukesh (IND) - 5.0 

    3. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) - 4.5 

    4. R Praggnanandhaa (IND) - 4.5 

    5. Fabiano Caruana (USA) - 4.0 

    6. Vidit Gujrathi (IND) - 3.5 

    7. Alireza Firouzja (FRA) - 3.0 

    8. Nijat Abasov (AZE) - 2.5

  • April 14, 2024 23:41
    Round 8 highlights

    Chess Candidates 2024 Highlights, Round 8: Gukesh beats Vidit; Praggnanandhaa-Firoujza ends in draw; Humpy defeats Vaishali

    FIDE Candidates 2024: Follow for all the highlights from the FIDE Chess Candidates 2024 Round 8.

  • April 14, 2024 23:31
    The clash of the prodigies!
  • April 14, 2024 23:21
    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 14, 2024 23:11
    Round 9 Pairings


    Hikaru Nakamura - Vidit Gujrathi 

    Ian Nepomniachtchi - Alireza Firouzja 

    Nijat Abasov - Fabiano Caruana 

    Praggnanandhaa R - Gukesh D 


    Kateryna Lagno - Humpy Koneru 

    Aleksandra Goryachkina - Anna Muzychuk 

    Nurgyul Salimova - Lei Tingjie 

    Tan Zhongyi - Vaishali Rameshbabu

  • April 14, 2024 22:57

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

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