Chess Candidates 2024, Round 4 Highlights: Gukesh holds Caruana to a draw; Vidit loses to Nepomniachtchi; Pragg, Vaishali games ends in draw; Salimova beats Humpy

FIDE Candidates 2024: Follow for all highlights from round four of the FIDE Candidates chess tournament happening in Toronto, Canada on Monday.

Updated : Apr 08, 2024 05:40 IST

Follow Sportstar’s highlights of the fourth round of the FIDE Candidates Chess tournament happening in Toronto, Canada on Monday.

R Praggnanandhaa vs Hikaru Nakamura Round 4 Live Board:

D Gukesh vs Fabiano Caruana Round 4 Live Board:

Vidit Gujrati vs Ian Nepomniachtchi Round 4 Live Board:

  • April 08, 2024 05:40
    Points Table after round 4

    Candidates 2024 Points Table: Nepomniachtchi in sole lead; Gukesh joint-second with Caruana after round 4

    FIDE Candidates 2024: India’s D. Gukesh sits second with 2.5 points alongside USA’s Fabiano Caruana after holding the latter to a draw.

  • April 08, 2024 05:23
    Round 4 Report

    Candidates 2024, Round 4: Vidit, Humpy lose; Pragg, Gukesh games end in draw

    It wasn’t the best day for Indians in action in the Candidates 2024 tournament on Monday as two out of five Indians lost their round four games, while the other three had to settle for a draw at the Great Hall in Toronto, Canada.

  • April 08, 2024 05:15
    Muzhychuk vs Tingjie ends in draw

    And there comes the last result of the round. Anna Muzhychuk agrees to a draw against Lei Tingjie. 

  • April 08, 2024 05:12
    Salimova beats Humpy

    Salimova wins her first game after Humpy resigns. Not a good day for Indians. 

  • April 08, 2024 05:09
    Humpy about to lose

    So only two games left in this round. Humpy is still fighting but the game will end anytime soon. Anna Muzhychuk vs Lei Tingjie is ending in a dead draw. 

  • April 08, 2024 04:58
    Lagno draws with Zhongyi

    Lagno also messes up her position by playing an over-ambitious bishop to e5 move and the game ends in a draw. Zhongyi somehow survives and squeezes half a point from this match. 

  • April 08, 2024 04:53
    Muzhychuk vs Tingjie

    Oh my god, just as we speak of Anna Muzhychuk, she makes a big mistake and it’s a draw position now. Tingjie marches ahead with her central pawn, while Muzhychuk captures her second pawn.

    Looks like, Muzhychuk won’t be able to convert the second winning position in two days. 

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  • April 08, 2024 04:49
    Abasov holds Firouzja to draw

    Nijat Abasov holds Alireza Firouzja to a draw with white pieces. A third draw for the Azerbaijani in four rounds. 

  • April 08, 2024 04:44
    Gukesh draws with Caruana

    Draw agreed between Gukesh and Caruana. It will be the Indian who will go back happier after holding the World No. 2 to a confident draw. 

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  • April 08, 2024 04:40
    Muzhychuk vs Tingjie

    We might get to see three decisive results in the women’s category. Anna Muzhychhuk, who missed out on converting her third-round game into a win is moments away from registering her first win of the tournament against Li Tingjie. 

  • April 08, 2024 04:37
    Gukesh vs Caruana

    Caruana is not in the mood to end the game anytime soon. Gukesh is giving perpetual checks to the white king but he needs to be careful as any inaccurate moves would be very costly in this position. 

  • April 08, 2024 04:23
    Nepo on 3.0/4
  • April 08, 2024 04:21
    Vidit loses

    Here we go, Vidit offers a handshake and the game is over. Nepomniachtchi played a wonderful match and became the sole leader in the open category. 

  • April 08, 2024 04:20
    Humpy vs Salimova

    Salimova has a passer on the g-file with a bishop and rook, while Humpy only has a rook and knight. 

  • April 08, 2024 04:17
    Vidit vs Nepo

    Vidit is still thinking, it’s a matter of time as the Russian is waiting for Vidit to resign. 

  • April 08, 2024 04:11
    Zhongyi vs Lagno

    The leader in the women’s section, Tan Zhongyi is on the brink of losing her first game of the tournament. Her opponent, Kateryna Lagno, is a pawn up and has her pieces tied up. 

  • April 08, 2024 04:07
    Gukesh vs Caruana

    40 moves are up on the Gukesh vs Caruana game. Although the USA GM has an extra pawn, Gukesh has an active queen for compensation. 

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  • April 08, 2024 03:56
    Humpy vs Salimova

    The current position looks tough to defend for Humpy against Salimova. She is now two pawns down against the Bulgarian sensation. 

  • April 08, 2024 03:54
    Gukesh vs Caruana

    Meanwhile, Gukesh has played a solid game against Caruana. After 38 moves, the Indian youngster still has an incredible accuracy of 99.2. 

  • April 08, 2024 03:49
    Vidit vs Nepo

    The position is practically lost for the Indian GM and the two-time Candidates winner is heading into sole lead of the tournament. 

  • April 08, 2024 03:34
    Good way to head into the rest day
  • April 08, 2024 03:27
    Vaishali vs Goryachkina

    We have another draw for the day. Vaishali and Goryachkina settle for a draw after an intense battle. Vaishali had her moments, but Goryachkina relied on her experience to get the draw. 

  • April 08, 2024 03:22
    Vidit vs Nepo

    This is Nepomniachtchi’s game to lose now. He has Vidit cornered and struggling with the clock. 

  • April 08, 2024 03:18
    Humpy vs Salimova

    Humpy with an excellent chance to work out a threatening move down the H file. She moves her queen in position. But, Salimova has her bases covered and works out an escape route. 

  • April 08, 2024 03:07
    Nakamura vs Pragg ends in a draw!
  • April 08, 2024 02:58
    Pragg vs Nakamura

    We have the first result of the day. Hikaru Nakamura and R Praggnanandhaa settle for a draw after a three-fold repetition. Good point for the Indian, considering he was with the black pieces. 

  • April 08, 2024 02:43
    Vidit vs Nepo

    Vidit attacks the b2 pawn with his rook. This could be the move which will open up the game. But Vidit blunders with an Rb3 move, handing the initiative to Nepo. 

  • April 08, 2024 02:31
    Pragg vs Nakamura

    Pragg races his rook to a2, putting Nakamura’s pawn under pressure. That was not a move many expected Pragg to make there. But he is in possession of a minor advantage as per’s engine. 

  • April 08, 2024 02:18
    Vidit vs Nepo

    Vidit under a serious time crunch against Nepo. Just over 30 minutes on the clock for the Indian. Vidit now puts Nepo’s knight under pressure with a bishop. But the Russian has it covered. 

  • April 08, 2024 02:04
    Gukesh vs Caruana

    Caruana continues to hold an ever so slight edge after his 19th move. Gukesh though is still in this game and will look to take it deep. 

  • April 08, 2024 02:00
    Pragg vs Nakamura

    Praggnanandhaa offers a rook trade. Nakamura takes his time, considering options. There is also a bishop trade on the table. Which one does the American choose?

  • April 08, 2024 01:50
    Humpy vs Salimova

    Humpy cracks open the h file by trading a pawn. But Salimova does well to prevent Humpy from lining up reinforcements down the flank. Less than an hour on the clock for both. 

  • April 08, 2024 01:49
    Vidit vs Nepo

    Both Vidit and Nepo inch their kings forward in anticipation of an impending attack from the rival flank. 

  • April 08, 2024 01:38
    Vaishali vs Goryachkina

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  • April 08, 2024 01:25
    Early lead vital in Candidates!
  • April 08, 2024 01:14
    Humpy vs Salimova

    Humpy continues her aggressive push. She trades a knight for a knight and now has two pawns in Salimova’s half of the board. The Bulgarian is also starting to feel the pinch of the clock. Under one hour on it now.

  • April 08, 2024 01:03
    Gukesh vs Caruana

    Gukesh is set in his defence and now it is Caruana’s turn to run down the clock a bit. 15 minutes and running as the American ponders his 14th move. 

  • April 08, 2024 00:59
    Vaishali vs Goryachkina

    Vaishali pushes hard against Goryachkina. She has her bishop and queen lineup towards Goryachkina’s king-side defence. The Russian GM brings her knight into play.

  • April 08, 2024 00:56
    Pragg vs Nakamura

    After castling to the short side, Praggnanandhaa too takes his time calculating his next move against Hikaru Nakamura. The American has had a stuttering start to the tournament, crashing to a defeat to Vidit in Round 2, before settling for a draw in Round 3 against Abasov. 

  • April 08, 2024 00:50
    Vidit vs Nepomniachtchi

    With Vidit taking his sweet time, Nepomniachtchi has gone for a stroll. Vidit has been sitting on move 12 for more than 25 minutes. 

  • April 08, 2024 00:39
    Humpy vs Salimova

    Catalan Opening (Closed) in the Humpy vs Salimova match. Evenly balanced so far as the experience Indian GM looks to make a breakthrough. Three draws in three matches for Humpy. She will be keen to get a win today. 

  • April 08, 2024 00:34
    Vidit taking his time!

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  • April 08, 2024 00:29
    Vaishali vs Goryachkina

    Vaishali with the early initiative against Goryachkina. The Indian takes the match into a Tarrasch Defense formation. 

  • April 08, 2024 00:24
    Vidit vs Nepomniachtchi

    A flurry of activiry early on in the Vidit vs Nepomniachtchi board. Nepomniachtchi castles early to the short side, before sacrificing his bishop for a knight and then exchanging queens. Berlin Defence game developing here, with Nepomniachtchi holding a slight edge. 

  • April 08, 2024 00:18
    Pragg vs Nakamura

    Ruy Lopez opening in Pragg vs Nakamura board. The Indian prodigy will be looking to keep the momentum going, having been the only player to win a game in round three in the men’s category. 

    Nakamura soon castles to the short side. 

  • April 08, 2024 00:16
    Gukesh vs Caruana

    Standard Italian Game opening in the Gukesh vs Caruana encounter. Giuoco Pianissimo Variation of the opening now. Caruana soon castles to the short side to solidify his defence. 

  • April 08, 2024 00:12
    Standings before Round 4


    1. D Gukesh (IND) - 2.0

    2. Fabiano Caruana (USA) - 2.0

    3. Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) - 2.0

    4. Vidit Gujrathi (IND) - 1.5

    5. R Praggnanandhaa (IND) - 1.5

    6. Alireza Firouzja (FRA) - 1.0

    7. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) - 1.0 

    8. Nijat Abasov (AZE) - 1.0


    1. Tan Zhongyi (CHN) - 2.5

    2. Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS) - 2.0

    3. Koneru Humpy (IND) - 1.5

    4. Kateryna Lagno (RUS) - 1.5 

    5. R Vaishali - 1.5

    6. Lei Tingjie - 1.0

    7. Anna Muzychuk (UKR) - 1.0 

    8. Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) - 1.0 

  • April 08, 2024 00:00
    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 07, 2024 23:54
    Round 3 recap

    Candidates 2024: Praggnanandhaa secures maiden tournament win 

    India’s sibling pair of R Praggnanandhaa and R Vaishali were the only two to manage wins across boards in round three of the FIDE Candidates tournament on Sunday in Toronto, Canada.

  • April 07, 2024 23:43
    Pragg vs Hikaru Live

    Praggnanandhaa vs Hikaru Nakamura LIVE, FIDE Chess Candidates 2024: Round 4 match updates

  • April 07, 2024 23:38
    Time Control

    The time control for the open category is 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus a 30-second increment per move starting from move 41.

    For the women’s category, it is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus a 30-second increment per move starting from move one.

  • April 07, 2024 23:28
    Round 3 highlights

    Chess Candidates 2024 Highlights, Round 3: Pragg beats Vidit; Gukesh gains a draw; Humpy draws vs Zhongyi; Vaishali wins

    Candidates 2024 Highlights: Get all the highlights, analysis and commentary of round three of the FIDE Candidates 2024, happening in Toronto.

  • April 07, 2024 23:21
    Intriguing battle on cards!
  • April 07, 2024 23:15
    Round 4 pairings


    R. Praggnanandhaa - Hikaru Nakamura

    Alireza Firouzja - Nijat Abasov

    Fabiano Caruana - D Gukesh 

    Vidit Gujrathi- Ian Nepomniachtchi 


    Nurgyul Salimova - Humpy Koneru

    Aleksandra Goryachkina vs Vaishali Rameshbabu

    Anna Muzychuk - Lei Tingjie 

    Kateryna Lagno- Tan Zhongyi

  • April 07, 2024 23:06
    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 07, 2024 22:58

    Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s Live Blog of the fourth round of the FIDE Candidates 2024, happening at the Great Hall in Toronto, Canada on April 8, Monday (IST). Stay tuned as we bring you all the live action. 

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