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.

Updated : Apr 14, 2024 05:44 IST

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

D. Gukesh vs Vidit Gujrathi Board:

Praggnanandhaa vs Alireza Firouzja Board:

R. Vaishali vs Koneru Humpy Board:

  • April 14, 2024 05:43
    Points table after Round 8

    Candidates 2024 Points Table: Gukesh jumps to joint-top in standings after win against Vidit in round 8

  • April 14, 2024 05:40
    Last result of the day

    Saliomova vs Muzychuk ends in a draw and that is the final result of the day. 

  • April 14, 2024 05:27
    Abasov vs Nepo

    And it is a draw. Abasov and Nepo shake hands after a threefold repetition. Nepo back in lead, a shared one with Gukesh though. 

  • April 14, 2024 05:18
    Humpy wins!

    One mistake too many from Vaishali and soon enough she concedes defeat. Koneru Humpy gets her first win of the tournament. 

  • April 14, 2024 05:13
    Vaishali vs Humpy

    Vaishali playing catchup now. Humpy with a solid chance to nab her first win of the tournament. Less than a minute on the clock for both players. 

  • April 14, 2024 05:02
    Tingjie wins!

    Tingjie gets the win. Tan Zhongyi has lost for the first time this tournament. 

    Tingjie goes level with Zhongyi and Goryachkina at the top of the standings in the women’s section. 

  • April 14, 2024 05:01
    Abasov vs Nepo

    Nepo has a pawn advantage against Abasov now. A draw seems to be imminent. 

  • April 14, 2024 04:47
    Abasov vs Nepo

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  • April 14, 2024 04:29
    Gukesh back to winning ways
  • April 14, 2024 04:27
    Zhongyi vs Tingjie

    Leader Tan Zhongyi under the pump against Tingjie. This looks set to end as her first defeat of this tournament. 

  • April 14, 2024 04:19
    Vaishali vs Humpy

    Vaishali vs Humpy match is firmly in balance right now. Nothing to separate the two at this point. With plenty of time on the clock, this could take a while.. 

  • April 14, 2024 04:10
    Abasov vs Nepo

    All eyes on the Abasov vs Nepo board now. A win would take Nepomniachtchi back to sole lead. A draw would put him level with Gukesh. 

  • April 14, 2024 04:04
    Pragg vs Firouzja

    Praggnanandhaa and Firouzja decide to call it a day. A knight and three pawns each was too little for either player to force a result. Draw it is. 

  • April 14, 2024 04:02
    Caruana vs Nakamura

    Caruana finally folds. It is a win for Nakamura against his old foe. It was an error-strewn game from Caruana. 

  • April 14, 2024 03:58
    Lagno vs Goryachkina

    Lagno vs Goryachkina ends in a draw after a three-fold repetition. 

  • April 14, 2024 03:53
    Vaishali vs Humpy

    Vaishali claws her way back into the game after Humpy makes a series of badly calculated move. 

  • April 14, 2024 03:51
    Gukesh beats Vidit

    Vidit’s resistance is futile as Gukesh gets the right moves in. Gukesh wins and takes a tentative lead in the FIDE Candidates tournament. 

  • April 14, 2024 03:41
    Gukesh vs Vidit

    Vidit is taking his time with move 27. He needs to stay sharp here. One mistake and it will all go spiralling down for him. 

  • April 14, 2024 03:38
    Nakamura vs Caruana

    Hikaru meanwhile is putting pressure on Caruana. The world no. two is down in the clock as well. 

  • April 14, 2024 03:32
    Gukesh vs Vidit

    The time is almost evened out in the Vidit vs Gukesh match where the latter is still having a good initiative in this position. 

  • April 14, 2024 03:15
    Tingjie vs Zhongyi

    Lei Tingjie, who has won the last two rounds is putting a lot of pressure on leader Tan Zhongyi. Zhongyi only has five minutes on the clock and needs to play 15 more accurate moves to get 30 minutes extra time. 

  • April 14, 2024 03:09
    Humpy vs Vaishali

    Humpy is putting a lot of pressure on the f7 square, threatening checkmate and it seems there’s nothing that can save Vaishali now. 

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  • April 14, 2024 03:06
    Nepo vs Abasov

    The position in the Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Nijat Abasov game is heating up like anything. The Azerbaijani has played with an accuracy of 99.8, 0.2 more than his opponent and is asking tough questions after each move. 

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  • April 14, 2024 02:56
    Gukesh vs Vidit

    Vidit is being outplayed by his young counterpart Gukesh.

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  • April 14, 2024 02:37
    Humpy vs Vaishali

    Vaishali is in a complete messy position against Humpy, who is eyeing her rook. 

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  • April 14, 2024 02:35
    Gukesh vs Vidit

    The queen rook battery on the a-file is a direct threat to Vidit. The position is heating up and he needs to be attentive since he is quite low on time compared to his counterpart Gukesh. 

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  • April 14, 2024 02:25
    Anish Giri optimistic for Nepomniachtchi

    “So far, it’s been pretty much a Nepo show, I would say... the narrative, you know, it’s all geared towards yet another Nepo victory.”

    Anish Giri on Chess24 stream 

  • April 14, 2024 02:22
    Early prediction from GM N Srinath
  • April 14, 2024 02:10
    Humpy vs Vaishali

    Vaishali is in a worse position right now. She miscalculated her knight to c5 move which might put her rook on the line. Looks like Humpy is heading for her first win of the tournament. 

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  • April 14, 2024 01:53
    Nepo vs Abasov

    Abasov, who had a time advantage of 20 minutes is now lower on the clock than Nepomniachtchi. The Russian is a tough nut to crack. 

  • April 14, 2024 01:51
    Gukesh vs Vidit

    The dark bishops are off the board in the Gukesh vs Vidit game. 

  • April 14, 2024 01:37
    Gukesh vs Vidit

    Vidit needs to be careful with his time management. He has often struggled under time crunch and has used almost an hour for just nine moves. Mind you, 40 moves needed to be played in the open category before getting the additional 30 minutes with 30-second increment per move. 

  • April 14, 2024 01:32
    Pragg vs Firouzja

    Both Pragg and Firouzja have equal time on the clock with an interesting opening on the board. 

  • April 14, 2024 01:30
    Humpy vs Vaishali

    Vaishali thought for 14 minutes before taking Humpy’s knight with her light bishop. She has 19 minutes less on the clock than Humpy. 

  • April 14, 2024 01:29
    Nepo vs Abasov

    Surprise surprise! Nijat Abasov is the one who is having a slight initiative on the board against Nepomniachtchi with over 20 minutes extra than the Russian. Can we see an upset? 

  • April 14, 2024 01:21
    Humpy vs Vaishali

    Current position in the Humpy vs Vaishali game where the latter has a slightly inferior position with time crunch as well. 

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  • April 14, 2024 01:01
    Pragg vs Firouzja

    Pragg has 16 minutes more than Firouzja with a slightly better position with white pieces. 

  • April 14, 2024 00:52
    Gukesh vs Vidit

    Vidit has offered his dark-squared bishop to Gukesh. 

  • April 14, 2024 00:41
    Gukesh vs Vidit

    Gukesh advances his h file pawn. Quite a weird set of moves from the 17-year-old Indian against compatriot Vidit. 

  • April 14, 2024 00:39
    Pragg vs Firouzja

    Pragg seems to be well-prepared in the current line of play. He has developed both of his knights and a bishop. He has offered a knight exchange and Firoujza needs to decide whether to take back from b pawn or e pawn. 

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  • April 14, 2024 00:35
    Nepo vs Abasov

    Ian Nepomniachtchi opens up his a-file by chopping Nijat Abasov’s second pawn. We can see a fast match progression in this board. 

  • April 14, 2024 00:32
    Nakamura vs Caruana

    A common Morphy Defense of Ruy Lopez is on the Hikaru Nakamura vs Fabiano Caruana game. Both Americans have short castled by the move no. 9. 

  • April 14, 2024 00:31
    Gukesh vs Vidit

    Gukesh plays an unusual a6 move, trying to open his extreme file quite too soon. This seemed to have confused Vidit, who had been thinking about his fifth move for over 15 minutes. 

  • April 14, 2024 00:22
    Humpy vs Vaishali

    Grünfeld Defense on the Humpy vs Vaishali board. 

  • April 14, 2024 00:21
    Gukesh vs Vidit

    Gukesh develops both his knights to start things off in the game against Vidit. 

  • April 14, 2024 00:19
    Here we go

    And the live action starts now. Already an exchange happened in the Pragg vs Firouzja match where the Taimanov Variation of the Sicilian Defense is being played. 

  • April 14, 2024 00:05
    Gukesh vs Vidit Live

    D Gukesh vs Vidit Gujrathi, FIDE Candidates 2024: Round 8 match highlights

    FIDE Candidates 2024: India’s D Gukesh beat compatriot Vidit Gujrathi in round eight of the FIDE Candidates tournament in Toronto on Sunday.

  • April 13, 2024 23:53
    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 13, 2024 23:39
    Can Pragg avenge Gukesh’s Round 7 Loss?
  • April 13, 2024 23:33

    Open Category

    1. Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) - 4.5
    2. D Gukesh (IND) - 4.0
    3. Fabiano Caruana (USA) - 4.0
    4. R Praggnanandhaa (IND) - 4.0
    5. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) - 3.5
    6. Vidit Gujrathi (IND) - 3.5
    7. Alireza Firouzja (FRA) - 2.5
    8. Nijat Abasov (AZE) - 2.0

    Women’s Category

    1. Tan Zhongyi (CHN) - 5.0
    2. Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS) - 4.5
    3. Kateryna Lagno (RUS) - 4.0
    4. Lei Tingjie (CHN) - 4.0
    5. Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) - 3.0
    6. Koneru Humpy (IND) - 2.5
    7. R. Vaishali (IND) - 2.5
    8. Anna Muzychuk (UKR) - 2.5
  • April 13, 2024 23:13
    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 13, 2024 23:08
    Round 7 Highlights

    Chess Candidates 2024 Highlights, Round 7: Vidit, Praggnanandhaa, Humpy settle for draws; Firouzja beats Gukesh; Vaishali loses to Tingjie

    FIDE Candidates 2024: Follow for all the highlights from the FIDE Chess Candidates 2024 Round 7 action which happened in Toronto, Canada on Friday.

  • April 13, 2024 23:05
    Round 8 Pairings


    Hikaru Nakamura - Fabiano Caruana 

    Ian Nepomniachtchi - Nijat Abasov 

    Praggnanandhaa R - Alireza Firouzja 

    Vidit Santosh Gujrathi - Gukesh D 


    Kateryna Lagno - Aleksandra Goryachkina 

    Nurgyul Salimova - Anna Muzychuk 

    Tan Zhongyi - Lei Tingjie 

    Humpy Koneru - Vaishali Rameshbabu

  • April 13, 2024 22:57

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

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