Chess Candidates 2024, Round 13 Highlights: Gukesh beats Firouzja to become sole leader; Vaishali wins vs Tingjie; Pragg loses to Caruana; Vidit, Humpy games end in draw

FIDE Candidates 2024: Follow for all updates and highlights from round 13 of the FIDE Candidates 2024 which happened in Toronto, Canada on Sunday.

Updated : Apr 21, 2024 06:35 IST

Follow Sportstar’s highlighs of round 13 of the FIDE Candidates 2024.

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  • April 21, 2024 06:13
    Round 13 Results


    Ian Nepomniachtchi 0.5-0.5 Hikaru Nakamura 

    Praggnanandhaa R 0-1 Fabiano Caruana 

    Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 0.5-0.5 Nijat Abasov 

    Gukesh D 1-0 Alireza Firouzja 


    Nurgyul Salimova 0.5-0.5 Kateryna Lagno 

    Tan Zhongyi 0.5-0.5 Aleksandra Goryachkina 

    Humpy Koneru 0.5-0.5 Anna Muzychuk 

    Vaishali Rameshbabu 1-0 Lei Tingjie

  • April 21, 2024 06:07
    Gukesh already making waves!
  • April 21, 2024 06:06
    Pragg loses to Caruana

    Praggnanandhaa folds against Caruana as the American wins it on-demand. We are going to have an exciting last round tomorrow. 

  • April 21, 2024 05:45
    Pragg vs Caruana

    Pragg is on the verge of losing his game against Caruana which means it’ll be a three-way tie for the second position behind Gukesh. 

  • April 21, 2024 05:38
    Gukesh vs Firoujza Match Report

    Candidates 2024: Gukesh beats Firouzja in round 13; Becomes sole leader with one round left

    India’s D. Gukesh beat France’s Alireza Firouzja on Sunday in a round 13 clash of the FIDE Candidates 2024 at the Great Hall in Toronto, Canada.

  • April 21, 2024 05:38
    Gukesh beats Firouzja

    Alireza Firouzja folds as Gukesh moves into the sole lead! What a performer! The 17-year-old, second youngest Candidate is taking big steps to become the youngest world champion!

  • April 21, 2024 05:36
    Gukesh vs Firouzja

    Resign time! 

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  • April 21, 2024 05:29
    Gukesh is winning it!
  • April 21, 2024 05:20
    Gukesh vs Firoujza

    Alireza Firouzja is in a completely worse position after his knight-to-C2 move. 

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  • April 21, 2024 05:19
    Vaishali vs Tingjie match report

    Candidates 2024: Vaishali beats Tingjie to grab fourth win in succession

    FIDE Candidates 2024, Round 13: R. Vaishali beat Lei Tingjie with white pieces to grab her fourth win in a row.

  • April 21, 2024 05:06
    Vaishali beats Tingjie

    Big news! Vaishali grinds her way to beat Lei Tingjie with white pieces! She grabs her fourth straight win after losing four in a row. What a brilliant turnaround from her. 

  • April 21, 2024 05:00
    Pragg vs Caruana

    Praggnanandhaa is under tremendous pressure against Caruana who looks well in course to go on level terms with Nepo and Nakamura. 

  • April 21, 2024 04:55
    Gukesh vs Firoujza

    Gukesh accepts the the queen’s trade and the game has headed for a rook knight endgame. 

  • April 21, 2024 04:53
    Salimova vs Lagno

    Nurgyul Salimova and Kateryna Lagno settle for a draw. 

  • April 21, 2024 04:50
    Gukesh bs Firoujza

    Gukesh did not make the best possible move but Firouzja offered a queen trade which further messed up his position. This looks very promising for Gukesh. 

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  • April 21, 2024 04:41
    Gukesh vs Firouzja

    Gukesh and Firouzja traded one rook before the latter made an inaccuracy on the 43rd move. 

  • April 21, 2024 04:33
    Gukesh vs Firoujza

    Wait what? Gukesh takes a U-turn! He moves his queen to h4 denying to claim a draw. The 17-year-old is playing for a win here. 

  • April 21, 2024 04:30
    Gukesh vs Firoujza

    Gukesh has repeated twice after thinking for nearly 20 minutes. Is he going for a draw? 

  • April 21, 2024 04:20
    Gukesh vs Firoujza

    Position after the 40th move in the Gukesh vs Firoujza board:

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  • April 21, 2024 04:17
    What if scenarios!
  • April 21, 2024 04:14
    Pragg vs Caruana

    A slight positional advantage for Fabiano Caruana against Praggnanandhaa. It is a must-win game for the American to stay in the hunt for the first place. 

  • April 21, 2024 04:10
    Humpy vs Muzychuk

    Humpy and Anna Muzychuk shakes hand. Draw it is for the Indian. 

  • April 21, 2024 04:03
    Gukesh vs Firoujza

    Firozuja has only 2 minutes 30 seconds and he needs to make four important moves to reach the 40th move. Can Gukesh get a break here?

  • April 21, 2024 03:58
    Vaishali vs Tingjie

    Tingjie exchanges one rook against Vaishali and both players have made it to 40 moves with the position still staying equal. 

  • April 21, 2024 03:56
    Gukesh vs Firouzja

    The little manoeuvres from Gukesh forced Firouzja to think deeply about the position and the Frenchman made sure that the Indian thrives in time advantage. Gukesh has a 10-minute time advantage now. 

  • April 21, 2024 03:47
    Vaishali vs Tingjie

    In the women’s category, the game between Lei Tingjie and Vaishali is at a very crucial juncture. The Indian has lost her edge but both players have under a minute and they have to make eight more moves to reach the 40th move. 

  • April 21, 2024 03:37
    Gukesh vs Alireza

    Gukesh might be feeling the heat against the Frenchman as white is eyeing to attack black’s king which looks a bit weak at this position. 

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  • April 21, 2024 03:35
    Can Gukesh overtake Hikaru, Nepo?
  • April 21, 2024 03:32
    Hikaru vs Nepo

    Handshakes in the Hikaru vs Nepo game as both players continue to stay on top with 8.0 points each. 

  • April 21, 2024 03:18
    Vidit vs Abasov

    Vidit Gujrathi and Nijat Abasov share points after a hard-fought battle. 

  • April 21, 2024 03:11
    Gukesh vs Firouzja

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  • April 21, 2024 03:01
    Nakamura pushes on!
  • April 21, 2024 02:52
    Pragg vs Caruana

    Caruana slowly getting into this game against Praggnanandhaa. A win is essential for Caruana to stay relevant in the title race. 

  • April 21, 2024 02:34
    Gukesh vs Firouzja

    A mistake from Firouzja allows Gukesh to regain a tiny bit of an advantage in the game. 

  • April 21, 2024 02:14
    China’s dominance to continue
  • April 21, 2024 02:13
    Zhongyi vs Goryachkina

    Early draw. Zhongyi and Goryachkina settle for a draw and that takes the Chinese to 8.5 points. Only Tingjie can possibly reach there now. The Women’s World Championship will remain in China. 

  • April 21, 2024 02:04
    Humpy vs Muzychuk

    Both Humpy and Muzychuk are nearly level on time and there is close to nothing to separate the two on board. 18 moves done. 

  • April 21, 2024 01:47
    Gukesh vs Firouzja

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  • April 21, 2024 01:42
    Opening move of the day!
  • April 21, 2024 01:38
    Vidit vs Abasov

    Vidit’s time struggle continue. He now trails Abasov by nearly an hour. His position on the board also doesn’t evoke much confidence. 

  • April 21, 2024 01:30
    Vaishali vs Tingjie

    Vaishali seems to be continuing her golden touch as she puts herself in a pretty strong position against Tingjie. +1.46 advantage for the Indian as per the Stockfish eval bar. 

  • April 21, 2024 01:20
    Gukesh vs Firouzja

    Gukesh takes his time with move 14 against Firouzja. The game is evenly balanced so far.

  • April 21, 2024 01:13
    Nepo vs Nakamura

    Nepo sacrifices a pawn to gain a better position on the board. The eval bar projects a +1.36 advantage for the Russian, who though trails by 20 minutes. 

  • April 21, 2024 01:05
    Candidates - Time management
  • April 21, 2024 00:57
    Pragg vs Caruana

    Praggnanandhaa puts up his knight for a trade against Caruana’s bishop. 

  • April 21, 2024 00:53
    Vidit vs Abasov

    Vidit has once again splurged a significant amount of his time on an early move. Abasov now has a 30 minutes plus advantage on the clock. 

  • April 21, 2024 00:44
    All eyes on Gukesh

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  • April 21, 2024 00:36
    Nepo vs Nakamura
  • April 21, 2024 00:28
    Vaishali vs Tingjie

    Opening - Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack

    Aggressive start from Vaishali as she takes the attack to Tingjie with a bishop check. 

  • April 21, 2024 00:24
    Humpy vs Muzychuk

    Opening - Queen’s Gambit Declined

    Humpy on the offence early on as she initiates double-fold attack with her queen and bishop. 

  • April 21, 2024 00:22
    Gukesh vs Firouzja

    Opening - Ruy López Opening: Berlin Defense

    Gukesh and Firouzja trade knights early as the former castles to the short side. 

  • April 21, 2024 00:20
    Vidit vs Abasov

    Opening - Petrov’s Defense. 

    Vidit is early to castle. Short side it is. Abasov brings out his bishop to prepare for a castle for himself. 

  • April 21, 2024 00:18
    Pragg vs Caruana

    Opening - Sicilian Defense. 

    Quickfire opening as Praggnanandhaa and Caruana races through seven moves. 

  • April 21, 2024 00:16
    Round 13 begins

    And we are off. The penultimate round of the FIDE Candidates tournament is on. 

  • April 21, 2024 00:11
    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 00:07
    Round 12 highlights

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  • April 21, 2024 00:03
    Indians in action

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  • April 20, 2024 23:46
    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 20, 2024 23:38
    Defining clash?
  • April 20, 2024 23:35
    Women’s Category Points Table

    1. Tan Zhongyi (CHN) - 8.0

    2. Lei Tingjie (CHN) - 7.5

    3. Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS) - 6.0

    4. Koneru Humpy (IND) - 6.0

    5. Kateryna Lagno (RUS) - 6.0

    6. R. Vaishali (IND) - 5.5

    7. Anna Muzychuk (UKR) - 4.5

    8. Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) - 4.5

  • April 20, 2024 23:30
    Open Category Points Table

    1. Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) - 7.5

    2. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) - 7.5

    3. D Gukesh (IND) - 7.5

    4. Fabiano Caruana (USA) - 7.0

    5. R Praggnanandhaa (IND) - 6.0

    6. Vidit Gujrathi (IND) - 5.0

    7. Alireza Firouzja (FRA) - 4.5

    8. Nijat Abasov (AZE) - 3.0

  • April 20, 2024 23:22
    Round 13 Pairings


    Hikaru Nakamura - Ian Nepomniachtchi

    Alireza Firouzja - Gukesh D

    Nijat Abasov - Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 

    Fabiano Caruana - Praggnanandhaa R 


    Anna Muzychuk - Humpy Koneru

    Vaishali Rameshbabu - Lei Tingjie

    Aleksandra Goryachkina - Tan Zhongyi 

    Nurgyul Salimova - Kateryna Lagno

  • April 20, 2024 23:13
    Title race scenarios explained

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  • April 20, 2024 22:58

    Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the 13th round of the FIDE Candidates Chess 2024 tournament, happening in Toronto on Sunday. Stay tuned as we bring you all the live updates. 

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