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.

Updated : Apr 12, 2024 04:53 IST

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

D. Gukesh vs Alireza Firouzja board:

R. Praggnanandhaa vs Fabiano Caruana board:

Vidit Gujrathi vs Nijat Abasov board:

  • April 12, 2024 04:50
    Points Table after Round 7

    Candidates 2024 Points Table: Gukesh drops to joint-second after defeat to Firouzja in round seven

    FIDE Candidates 2024: Gukesh succumbed to time pressure against Alireza Firouzja, conceding defeat inside 40 moves against the Frenchman.

  • April 12, 2024 04:44
    Vidit vs Abasov

    And we have the final result of the day. Vidit and Abasov settle for a draw. 

  • April 12, 2024 04:34
    Vidit vs Abasov

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  • April 12, 2024 04:17
    Pragg vs Caruana

    Praggnanandhaa and Caruana decides that it is enough. It is a draw. 1/2 a point for both. 

  • April 12, 2024 04:11
    Gukesh vs Firouzja

    And the queens are off the table. Seems like we are heading into the endgame. Firouzja looks to have clawed his way back into the game with some smart moves. And now Gukesh fails to get his 40th move inside the required time. Firouzja gets the win. 

  • April 12, 2024 04:02
    Vidit vs Abasov

    Vidit vs Abasov encounter gets over the 40-move mark and hence 30 more minutes have been added to the clock for both players. 

  • April 12, 2024 03:52
    Vaishali vs Tingjie

    Tingjie keeps making the right move after right move and finally Vaishali folds. Another disappointing defeat for the Indian contender. 

  • April 12, 2024 03:50
    Zhongyi vs Goryachkina

    Tan Zhongyi and Aleksandra Goryachkina settle for a draw. That means Zhongyi continues her stay atop the women’s standings, while Goryachkina is still second. 

  • April 12, 2024 03:48
    Vidit vs Abasov

    Vidit goes Rook to d6 as he looks to put pressure on Abasov’s kingside. But that move causes the eval bar to go for a toss. Stockfish points out that Vidit’s advantage dropped from -1.67 to 0.00

  • April 12, 2024 03:44
    Pragg vs Caruana

    No signs of easing off in the Praggnanandhaa vs Caruana contest. The Indian doubles down on Caruana’s c2 rook with his own rook. 

  • April 12, 2024 03:39
    Gukesh vs Alireza

    Suddenly so much happening in all the boards at the same time. Firouzja’s rook to a1 puts Gukesh in a favourable position. 

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  • April 12, 2024 03:33
    Vaishali vs Tingjie

    Vaishali’s queen-b8 move instantly messes up her position against Lei Tingjie. Looks very tough to save this position. 

  • April 12, 2024 03:29
    Humpy draws vs Muzychuk

    The search for a first win for Humpy continues as she draws her game with Anna Muzychuk with mutual agreement on the 40th move. 

  • April 12, 2024 03:20
    Vidit vs Abasov

    VIdit finally gets some reprieve. Abasov makes an inaccuracy and the engine favours Vidit by +1.50. 

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  • April 12, 2024 03:18
    Humpy vs Muzychuk

    Humpy trades queens and now it’s definitely heading to a clear draw against Anna Muzychuk. 

  • April 12, 2024 03:17
    Gukesh vs Firouzja

    Gukesh is not able to play fast. His 30 minutes time advantage has fizzled out and the Frenchman is continuously putting pressure with accurate moves. 

  • April 12, 2024 03:07
    Vaishali vs Tingjie

    The tables have turned in the Vaishali and Lei Tingjie game. It is the Indian who is in down on the clock now. 

  • April 12, 2024 03:03
    Nepo holds Hikaru

    Ian Nepomniachtchi holds Hikaru Nakamura to a draw after playing a brilliancy. He continues to hold his lead on the leaderboard. 

  • April 12, 2024 03:02
    Hikaru vs Nepo

    Wow! Ian Nepomniachtchi has sacked his bishop and looks like he will be able to hold Hikaru with perpetual checks. 

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  • April 12, 2024 02:56
    Hikaru vs Nepo

    Hikaru has lost all of his advantage against Nepomniachtchi after playing a4. 

  • April 12, 2024 02:51
    Humpy vs Muzychuk

    The game between Humpy and Muzychuk has simplified with one set of rooks being changed. Queen and one set of rooks are left on the board as the game seems to be heading towards a draw. 

  • April 12, 2024 02:46
    Pragg vs Caruana

    Caruana’s rook to b1 gives Pragg a slight advantage in the position and his edge over white has increased to +0.57 from +0.19. 

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  • April 12, 2024 02:33
    Pragg vs Caruana

    Praggnanandhaa advances his a-file pawn, looking to open his extreme file. Caruana takes the pawn and the Indian takes it back instantly. 

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  • April 12, 2024 02:29
    Vidit vs Abasov

    We’re just 20 moves into the Vidit vs Abasov game and the Indian has already used his 75 per cent of the time. Difficult times ahead for Vidit. 

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  • April 12, 2024 02:07
    Zhongyi vs Goryachkina

    The clash of leaders of the Women’s Candidates between first-place Tan Zhongyi and second-place Aleksandra Goryachkina is heavily skewed in favour of the Chinese. She has more than 35 extra minutes on the clock.

  • April 12, 2024 01:53
    Vidit vs Abasov

    Vidit needs to be a bit careful now. He is consuming a lot of his time on each move. 

  • April 12, 2024 01:50
    Hikaru vs Nepo

    Hikaru is slowly building up on his edge. The engine now favours him by + 0.69

  • April 12, 2024 01:36
    Vishy on Hikaru vs Nepo opening
  • April 12, 2024 01:26
    Hikaru vs Nepo

    Hikaru has a 50-minute time advantage over Ian Nepomniachtchi. The American is an exchange up and holds a slight edge in this position. Can he beat unstoppable Nepo in this round to open the race? 

  • April 12, 2024 01:16
    Vidit vs Abasov

    Vidit castles on the short side after thinking for 13 minutes He is already 30 minutes down against Abasov. 

  • April 12, 2024 01:07
    Vaishali vs Tingjie

    Heathy time advantage for Vaishali who has over 1 hour and 23 minutes on the clock while her Chinese opponent Tingjie is under an hour now. 

  • April 12, 2024 00:59
    Hikaru vs Nepo

    Nepo goes for the rook exchange. Although Hikaru is an exchange up and has taken one extra rook from his opponent but the engines believe it to be an equal position. 

  • April 12, 2024 00:56
    Petroff = Nepo’s Kryptonite?
  • April 12, 2024 00:51
    Vidit vs Abasov

    Vidit trades his dark bishop but Abasov has double pawns in the e-file. 

  • April 12, 2024 00:49
    Hikaru vs Nepo

    Hikaru forces Nepomniachtchi to think deeply in a complex position. The question here is whether the Russian will exchange the rooks on the e-file or not. 

  • April 12, 2024 00:45
    Vaishali vs Tingjie

    Playing with white pieces, Lei Tingjie is taking her time against Vaishali. She has spent nearly 20 minutes on her last three moves. 

  • April 12, 2024 00:42
    Pragg vs Caruana

    Caruana trades his knight for Pragg’s light-squared bishop as the position continues to be stable after the first 14 moves. 

  • April 12, 2024 00:33
    Hikaru vs Nepo

    Hikaru chops off Nepomniachtchi’s rook in the 16th move in Petrov’s Defense game and we could see an exciting game here with material imbalance right from the start. 

  • April 12, 2024 00:30
    Humpy vs Muzhychuk

    Muzychuk offers a dark-squared bishop exchange and Humpy instantly accepts it in the Morphy Defense of Ruy Lopez game. 

  • April 12, 2024 00:26
    Pragg continues to surprise opponents with weird games

  • April 12, 2024 00:23
    Indian defense in Gukesh vs Firouzja

    Ruy Lopez in the Vidit vs Abasov game is being played, while it’s an Indian defense game in the Gukesh vs Firouzja board. 

  • April 12, 2024 00:21
    Pragg vs Caruana

    We’re off to an exciting start in the open category. Praggnanandhaa plays an advanced version of the French Defense against Fabiano Caruana, who has the white pieces. 

  • April 11, 2024 23:59
    Praggnanandhaa vs Fabiano Caruana LIVE

    Praggnanandhaa vs Fabiano Caruana, FIDE Chess Candidates 2024: Round 7 highlights

    India’s R. Praggnanandhaa and USA’s Fabiano Caruana settled for a draw in a round seven encounter in the FIDE Candidates tournament in Toronto, Canada on Friday.

  • April 11, 2024 23:54
    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 11, 2024 23:47
    Candidates review after first break
  • April 11, 2024 23:35
    Leaderboards after round 6

    Open Category

    1. Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) - 4.0 

    2. D Gukesh (IND) - 4.0 

    3. Fabiano Caruana (USA) - 3.5 

    4. R Praggnanandhaa (IND) - 3.5 

    5. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) - 3.0 

    6. Vidit Gujrathi (IND) - 3.0 

    7. Nijat Abasov (AZE) - 1.5 

    8. Alireza Firouzja (FRA) - 1.5

    Women’s Category

    1. Tan Zhongyi (CHN) - 4.5 

    2. Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS) - 4.0 

    3. Kateryna Lagno (RUS) - 3.5 

    4. Lei Tingjie (CHN) - 3.0 

    5. Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) - 2.5 

    6. R. Vaishali (IND) - 2.5 

    7. Anna Muzychuk (UKR) - 2.0 

    8. Koneru Humpy (IND) - 2.0

  • April 11, 2024 23:26
    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 11, 2024 23:17
    Round 6 Highlights

    Chess Candidates 2024, Round 6 Highlights: Pragg beats Abasov; Vidit beats Firouzja; Gukesh draws vs Nakamura; Humpy, Vaishali lose

    FIDE Candidates 2024: Follow for all Updates and highlights from the FIDE Chess Candidates 2024 Round 6 action happening in Toronto, Canada on Thursday.

  • April 11, 2024 23:17
    Round 7 Pairings


    Alireza Firouzja - D Gukesh 

    Hikaru Nakamura - Ian Nepomniachtchi 

    Nijat Abasov - Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 

    Fabiano Caruana - Praggnanandhaa R 


    Vaishali Rameshbabu - Lei Tingjie 

    Kateryna Lagno - Nurgyul Salimova 

    Koneru Humpy - Anna Muzychuk 

    Tan Zhongyi - Aleksandra Goryachkina

  • April 11, 2024 23:05

    Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live Coverage of the FIDE Chess Candidates 2024 round seven actions happening in Toronto, Canada on Friday. Stay tuned as we bring you all the live updates. 

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