Chess Candidates 2024 Highlights, Round 12: Gukesh, Vaishali gain wins; Praggnanandhaa holds Nepomniachtchi; Caruana beats Vidit

FIDE Chess Candidates 2024: Follow for all highlights from the Candidates Chess tournament round 12 which happened in Toronto on Friday.

Updated : Apr 19, 2024 05:34 IST

FIDE Chess Candidates 2024: Follow for all highlights from the Candidates Chess tournament round 12 which happened in Toronto on Friday. 

R. Praggnanandhaa vs Ian Nepomniachtchi Live Board:

Gukesh vs Nijat Abasov Live Board:

Vidit Gujrathi vs Fabiano Caruana Live Board:

  • April 19, 2024 05:05
    On fire!
  • April 19, 2024 05:00
    Vaishali vs Muzychuk

    Vaishali promotes her pawn to a queen against Muzychuk. She will look to close out this game soon, with her opponent still having a pawn and a knight on board. 

    Muzychuk soon folds. Vaishali gets her third win on the trot. 

  • April 19, 2024 04:57
    Nakamura vs Firouzja

    Nakamura gets the better of Firouzja and moves to 7.5 points and level with Nepomniachtchi at the top of the standings. 

  • April 19, 2024 04:47
    Pragg vs Nepo

    Pragg vs Nepo ends in a draw. Nepomniachtchi adds another half a point to his kitty to make it 7.5. 

  • April 19, 2024 04:45
    Vidit vs Caruana

    Vidit makes another mistake against Caruana as he goes Qf4. But Caruana returns the favour by playing Bf5. Is that the break Vidit needed?

  • April 19, 2024 04:39
    Abasov vs Gukesh

    Abasov errs under pressure. Gukesh has another win in his reach. 

  • April 19, 2024 04:29
    Pragg vs Nepo

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  • April 19, 2024 04:15
    Abasov vs Gukesh

    In his hurry to get his 40th move in, Abasov makes a mistake, opening up the game for Gukesh, who now pins the white bishop with his rook. 

  • April 19, 2024 04:03
    Abasov vs Gukesh

    Abasov under a bit of time pressure now. He has to get in five moves in less than five minutes to get to the second time control. 

  • April 19, 2024 03:59
    Vidit vs Caruana

    Inaccuracy from Vidit as he pushes his knight c6 attacking the white rook. Caruana responds by realigning his rook to put pressure on black’s queen. This game is fast slipping away from Vidit’s reach. 

  • April 19, 2024 03:50
    Missed opportunity for Tingjie
  • April 19, 2024 03:46
    Lagno vs Tingjie

    Lagno and Tingjie settle for a draw after a threefold repetition. That takes Tingjie to 7.5 and tentatively level with Tan Zhongyi at the top of the table.

  • April 19, 2024 03:44
    Pragg vs Nepo

    Praggnanandhaa gets to move 40 and adds another 30 minutes to his clock against Nepo. 

  • April 19, 2024 03:40
    Vaishali vs Muzychuk

    Vaishali closing in on another win after forcing Muzychuk into making another ill-advised move. The Indian GM should see it off from here. 

  • April 19, 2024 03:35
    Abasov vs Gukesh

    Abaov goes Bishop to g2, which is contrary to the computer’s suggestion. Gukesh now has a chances to compound on the mistake. 

  • April 19, 2024 03:25
    Vidit vs Caruana

    Caruana is slowly gaining an advantage against Vidit who suffered a gut-wrenching loss to Nepomniachtchi in the last round. The American is on the move here and looks to pounce against the Indian. 

  • April 19, 2024 03:18
    Pragg needs an eternal press against leader Nepo
  • April 19, 2024 03:09
    Humpy draws with Goryachkina

    Humpy had a big edge over Goryachkina but she went for a three-fold repetition and drew her game. The only possible explanation would be an oversight from the experienced Indian. 

  • April 19, 2024 03:01
    Zhongyi vs Salimova

    Salimova has another chance against Zhongyi after the latter miscalculated her pawn push in the b-file. 

  • April 19, 2024 03:00
    Pragg vs Nepo

    The dark-squared bishop and one set of knight have also been exchanged in the Pragg vs Nepomniachtchi game and we are heading to a rook and knight endgame. 

  • April 19, 2024 02:50
    Humpy vs Goryachkina

    Goryachkina retreats her rook back to d1 and now the engine is giving a big advantage to Humpy. 

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  • April 19, 2024 02:44
    Pragg vs Nepo

    Pragg accepts the queens’ trade and it’s going to be a long game by all the looks of it. 

  • April 19, 2024 02:33
    Pragg vs Nepo

    Nepomniachtchi offers queen exchange and Pragg 7is thinking whether to trade the strongest pieces on the board or go for some other move. 

  • April 19, 2024 02:31
    Humpy vs Goryachkina

    Humpy did not find the best move after Goryachkina played Knight to c4 and the position has been equalised yet again. 

  • April 19, 2024 02:21
    Zhongyi vs Salimova

    Nurgyul Salmova has some initiative against leader Tan Zhongyi. The Chinese is leading the pack with 7.5 points in 11 rounds. 

  • April 19, 2024 02:13
    Humpy vs Goryachkina

    Goryachkina’s knight to c4 move is a positional inaccuracy which means Humpy could strike back with black pieces here. 

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  • April 19, 2024 01:59
    Gukesh vs Abasov

    Nijat Abasov is feeling the heat against Gukesh or in GM Judit Polgar’s words -- “White pawns are terrible.” Gukesh has two pawn islands while Abasov has awkward doubled pawns in the c file which can be a threat to him later on. 

  • April 19, 2024 01:56
    Tingjie vs Zhongyi

    Lei Tingjie is challenging Tan Zhongyi’s throne as she is pressing hard against Kateryna Lagno with black pieces and has a better position to play now. 

  • April 19, 2024 01:44
    Gukesh vs Abasov

    Gukesh used 36 minutes to play his last two moves. The board is heating up now. 

  • April 19, 2024 01:40
    Vidit vs Caruana

    Current position

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  • April 19, 2024 01:30
    Chess24 tournament win prediction

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  • April 19, 2024 01:12
    Vaishali vs Muzychuk

    Muzychuk denies the queen’s trade offered by Vaishali on the 16th move. 

  • April 19, 2024 01:08
    Anish Giri’s model gives Nepo a 35 per cent chance of finishing on top
  • April 19, 2024 01:04
    Vaishali vs Muzychuk

    The gap in the clock between Muzychuk and Vaishali has widened! The Indian has a time advantage of nearly 40 minutes now. This is amazing as Muzychuk will only have a little more than 50 minutes to play 24 moves in order to reach 40 moves. 

  • April 19, 2024 01:00
    Vidit vs Caruana

    Caruana is looking for a central break after pushing d pawn. We can finally see the first exchange on board anytime now. 

  • April 19, 2024 00:55
    Vaishali vs Muzychuk

    Muzychuk has created an imbalance after taking a pawn and a bishop for her rook. She is eyeing to open her B-file and possibly putting pressure on black’s king with her dark-squared bishop. 

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  • April 19, 2024 00:50
    Anish Giri on Gukesh’s knight to h7 move
  • April 19, 2024 00:46
    Gukesh vs Abasov

    Nijat Abasov has already used 30 minutes while Gukesh has been blitzing out his moves till now. Does that mean Gukesh has caught the Azerbaijani in his opening? Possibly! 

  • April 19, 2024 00:43
    Humpy vs Goryachkina

    The Catalan opening has been played in the Humpy vs Aleksandra Goryachkina board where the latter is yet to grab a pawn back from the Indian. 

  • April 19, 2024 00:39
    Vaishali vs Muzychuk

    Anna Muzychuk has handed a healthy 20-minute lead to Vaishali and it has only been 11 moves in the game. Vaishali has a bishop pair for Muzychuk’s knight-bishop duo. 

  • April 19, 2024 00:35
    Vidit vs Caruana

    A standard e4-e5 start in the Vidit vs Caruana game. The American castles on the kingside on the fourth move as the game proceedings into a Giuoco Piano game. 

  • April 19, 2024 00:31
    Pragg vs Nepo

    It’s a symmetrical start to the game until Nepomniachtchi’s a-file pawn push against Praggnanadhaa. Another French Defense on the board. 

  • April 19, 2024 00:27
    Gukesh vs Abasov

    Nimzo-Indian Defense game in the Gukesh vs Abasov board where the Indian has the black pieces.

  • April 19, 2024 00:20
    Here we go

    And the 12th round starts with the French game in the Hikaru vs Firouzja game. 

  • April 18, 2024 23:59
    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 18, 2024 23:53
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  • April 18, 2024 23:48
    Disaster Visuals!
  • April 18, 2024 23:26
    Round 11 Highlights

    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.

  • April 18, 2024 23:21
    Points Table after round 11

    Open Category

    1. Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) - 7.0 

    2. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) - 6.5 

    3. D Gukesh (IND) - 6.5 

    4. Fabiano Caruana (USA) - 6.0 

    5. R Praggnanandhaa (IND) - 5.5 

    6. Vidit Gujrathi (IND) - 5.0 

    7. Alireza Firouzja (FRA) - 4.5 

    8. Nijat Abasov (AZE) - 3.0 

    Women’s Category

    1. Tan Zhongyi (CHN) - 7.5 

    2. Lei Tingjie (CHN) - 7.0 

    3. Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS) - 5.5 

    4. Koneru Humpy (IND) - 5.5 

    5. Kateryna Lagno (RUS) - 5.5 

    6. Anna Muzychuk (UKR) - 4.5 

    7. R. Vaishali (IND) - 4.5 

    8. Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) - 4.0

  • April 18, 2024 23:15
    The biggest game of round 12
  • April 18, 2024 23:03
    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 18, 2024 22:58
    Round 12 Pairings


    Hikaru Nakamura- Alireza Firouzja 

    Nijat Abasov - Gukesh D 

    Fabiano Caruana - Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 

    Ian Nepomniachtchi - Praggnanandhaa R


    Kateryna Lagno - Lei Tingjie 

    Anna Muzychuk - Vaishali Rameshbabu 

    Aleksandra Goryachkina - Humpy Koneru 

    Nurgyul Salimova - Tan Zhongyi 

  • April 18, 2024 22:52

    Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the 12th round of the FIDE Candidates Chess 2024 tournament, happening in Toronto on Friday. Stay tuned as we bring you all the live updates. 

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