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.

Updated : Apr 07, 2024 04:39 IST

Get the live updates from the third round of FIDE Candidates 2024.
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Get the live updates from the third round of FIDE Candidates 2024.

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

Vidit Gujrathi vs R. Praggnanandhaa Round 3 board interactive

D. Gukesh vs Ian Nepomniachtchi Round 3 board interactive

  • April 07, 2024 04:37
    Points Table after round 3

    Candidates 2024 Points Table: Gukesh in joint lead after round three

    FIDE Candidates 2024: Gukesh is sharing the top spot with Fabiano Caruana and Ian Nepomniachtchi. In the women’s category Tan Zhongyi is in sole lead.

  • April 07, 2024 04:22
    Pragg vs Vidit

    And it ends. Praggnanandhaa gets his first Candidates win. Pragg had his rook aligned and there was no escape for Vidit. 

  • April 07, 2024 04:19
    Anna Muzychuk vs Kateryna Lagno ends in draw
  • April 07, 2024 04:06
    Vidit vs Praggnanandhaa

    Vidit offers a queen sacrifice to stay in the game. He has just 53 seconds on his clock. 

    Pragg doesn’t take it as he moves his rook into attack. Vidit though sacs his queen. We are into a rook endgame. 

    Vidit fights on, winning a pawn as Pragg pins down on the h-file. 

  • April 07, 2024 04:04
    Caruana vs Firouzja

    Caruana and Firouzja shake hands and that is a draw after a three-fold repetition. Caruana moves to two points and goes level with Gukesh and Nepo at the top of the table. 

  • April 07, 2024 03:58
    Caruana vs Firouzja

    Fabiano Caruana vs Alireza Firouzja continues to hang in balance, with both players looking for a foothold. Both players have under 10 minutes on the clock now. 

  • April 07, 2024 03:55
    Vidit vs Pragg

    Vidit manages to squeeze in an excellent move, which looks set to precipitate an exciting end game. 

  • April 07, 2024 03:54
    Vidit vs Pragg

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  • April 07, 2024 03:45
    Gukesh vs Nepomniachtchi

    Gukesh and Nepomniachtchi settle for a draw. That put both of them on top of the leaderboard, tentatively. 

  • April 07, 2024 03:42
    Vaishali wins

    Salimova finally folds and Vaishali has her first win of the Candidates. 

  • April 07, 2024 03:36
    Vaishali vs Salimova

    Vaishali continues to pile on the pressure. She brings the second rook out to put another check in. Salimova quickly offers a rook sacrifice and Vaishali takes it. 

  • April 07, 2024 03:31
    Muzhychuk vs Lagno

    Anna Muzhychuk is on course to win her first game of the tournament. She is in a winning position against Kateryna Lagno. 

  • April 07, 2024 03:19
    Gukesh vs Nepo

    Gukesh missed a chance to press with the white piece with a rook on the board but he chose to exchange the piece. He still is in a favourable position with the bishop pair against black’s knight and bishop but converting this position against experienced Nepomniachtchi would not be easy. 

  • April 07, 2024 03:13
    Humpy after drawing her game against Zhongyi

    “I am not really satisfied with this result today. It is not about the draw, but I couldn’t continue with the game. I think she (Tan Zhongyi) is very well prepared, and I think I just failed out in outpreparing her.”

  • April 07, 2024 03:08
    Vaishali vs Salimova

    Oh my god, Salimova blunders. The Bulgarian offers her bishop which gives Vaishali a fair edge over her. 

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  • April 07, 2024 03:05
    Vaishali vs Salimova

    Vaishali offers a full piece to Salimova and the latters take it. Vaishali is a knight down but she has enough compensation on the board but the low time would be a key factor here. 

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  • April 07, 2024 02:45
    Vaishali vs Salimova

    Vaishali is making slow progress against Salimova and both players now have less than 25 minutes on the clock with just 13 moves being played. 

  • April 07, 2024 02:44
    Arjun Erigaisi becomes World No. 5

    Big news for Indian chess! Arjun Erigaisi is the World No. 5 in the live ratings. He beat compatriot Aryan Chopra in the Menorca Open to gain 3.3 ratings and has a 2762.0 rating on the live rating list. 

  • April 07, 2024 02:30
    Vidit vs Pragg

    Vidit now has only 34 minutes while Pragg has 1 hour 11 minutes with only 16 moves being played. 

  • April 07, 2024 02:03
    Should Hikaru be upset after this draw?
  • April 07, 2024 01:57
    Hikaru Nakamura 0.5-0.5 Nijat Abasov

    Hikaru is repeating his moves against Abasov and are we going to see another draw? Yes, the clocks have been stopped and the arbiter confirms and the handshake happens as Abasov holds the World No. 3 to a draw with white pieces. 

  • April 07, 2024 01:51
    Koneru Humpy 0.5-0.5 Tan Zhongyi

    And we have a result already! Humpy draws her game against Zhongyi with ease. 


  • April 07, 2024 01:33
    Gritty Gukesh


    Monk-like focus from Gukesh ahead of the third round against Ian Nepomniachtchi. 

  • April 07, 2024 01:22
    Humyp vs Zhongyi

    Humpy is a pawn up against Tan Zhongyi who has over 91 minutes while the experienced Indian has half the time left if compared to her opponent. The match is heading to a rook endgame. 

  • April 07, 2024 01:19
    Abasov vs Hikaru

    Nijat Abasov is ahead on the clock against Hikaru Nakamura in a symmetrical position. 

  • April 07, 2024 01:17
    GM N Srinath on Vidit’s 9th move nxc5
  • April 07, 2024 01:14
    Vidit vs Pragg

    Praggnanandhaa is blitzing his initial moves and looks to be in his preparation in this line. He has an accuracy of 99.2 while Vidit, who has white pieces has only 77 minutes on the clock, also his accuracy is only 96.9 per cent as of now. 

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  • April 07, 2024 01:10
    Gukesh vs Nepo

    Meanwhile, Gukesh is over 30 minutes down on the clock against Ian Nepomniachtchi. GM Daniel Naroditsky in Chess 24 stream says he would not be very comfortable with black’s (Nepo) position and although the Indian youngster is low on time, he has a preferable position since the Catalan is a slow burner. 

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  • April 07, 2024 01:05
    Tingjie vs Goryachkina

    Li Tingjie has more time on the clock with which she started. She has over 1 hr 32 minutes after the first 14 moves due to the 30 seconds increment while her opponent Aleksandra Goryachkina has already spent over 35 minutes out of her 90 minutes. 

  • April 07, 2024 01:03
    Vaishali vs Salimova

    Vaishali, who struggled with her time management in the first two rounds is ahead on the clock by over 20 minutes against Nurgyul Salimova. 

  • April 07, 2024 00:53
    Humpy vs Zhongyi

    Wow, the queens have been exchanged in the Hunpy vs Zhongyi game. We may go to the endgame pretty soon. 

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  • April 07, 2024 00:48
    Vidit vs Pragg: Head-to-head


  • April 07, 2024 00:34
    Humpy vs Zhongy

    A pawn and a knight are off the board in the Humpy vs Zhongyi game. It’s the French variation of the King’s Indian attack. Mind you, Zhongyi is the only player to have won her first two rounds. 

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  • April 07, 2024 00:24
    All set for some live action
  • April 07, 2024 00:18
    Vidit vs Pragg

    Standard e4-e5 line in the Pragg vs Vidit match. The game went on to have a Ruy Lopez opening. 

  • April 07, 2024 00:16
    Gukesh vs Nepo

    We have a closed Catalan opening in the Gukesh vs Nepo match. The Russian starts with 1.d4 and Gukesh replies with knight to f6. 

  • April 07, 2024 00:15
    Follow Gukesh vs Nepo Live

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  • April 07, 2024 00:14
    Follow Vidit vs Pragg Live

    Praggnanandhaa vs Vidit Gujrathi, FIDE Chess Candidates 2024: Round 3 match highlights

    FIDE Candidates 2024: India’s R Praggnanandhaa beat Vidit Gujrathi in a round three encounter in Toronto, Canada on Sunday.

  • April 07, 2024 00:06
    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 06, 2024 23:55
    Candidates Preview
  • April 06, 2024 23:53
    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 06, 2024 23:53
    Candidates Qualificaion Route


    • Ian Nepomniachtchi (FIDE, 2758) – qualified as the previous World Championship match runner-up.
    • Praggnanandhaa R (India, 2747) – qualified as the 2023 World Cup runner-up.
    • Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2804) – qualified as the third-place finisher at the 2023 World Cup.
    • Nijat Abasov (Azerbaijan, 2632) – qualified as the fourth-place finisher at the 2023 World Cup after the winner, Magnus Carlsen, declined his right to participate.
    • Vidit Gujrathi (India, 2747) – qualified as the 2023 Grand Swiss winner.
    • Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2789) – qualified as the 2023 Grand Swiss runner-up.
    • Alireza Firouzja (France, 2760) – qualified as the best by rating on January 1, 2024.
    • Gukesh D (India, 2747) – qualified as the 2023 FIDE Circuit winner.


    • Kateryna Lagno (FIDE, 2542) – qualified as the 2022−23 Women’s Grand Prix winner.
    • Aleksandra Goryachkina (FIDE, 2553) – qualified as the 2022−23 Women’s Grand Prix runner-up.
    • Nurgyul Salimova (Bulgaria, 2426) – qualified as the 2023 Women’s World Cup runner-up.
    • Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine, 2520) – qualified as the third-place finisher at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
    • Vaishali R (India, 2481) – qualified as the 2023 Women’s Grand Swiss winner.
    • Tan Zhongyi (China, 2521) – qualified as the 2023 Women’s Grand Swiss runner-up.
    • Humpy Koneru (India, 2546) – qualified as the best by rating on January 1, 2024. The rating spot became available as a replacement for the Women’s World Cup winner since Goryachkina had already qualified through the WGP.
  • April 06, 2024 23:33
    Round 2 Results


    Hikaru Nakamura 0-1 Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 

    Praggnanandhaa R 0-1 Gukesh D 

    Ian Nepomniachtchi 1-0 Alireza Firouzja 

    Fabiano Caruana 1-0 Nijat Abasov 


    Kateryna Lagno ½-½ Humpy Koneru 

    Tan Zhongyi 1-0 Vaishali Rameshbabu 

    Nurgyul Salimova ½-½ Lei Tingjie 

    Aleksandra Goryachkina 1-0 Anna Muzychuk

  • April 06, 2024 23:24
    Round 2 Highlights

    Want to catch up on what happened in the second round? We got you!

    Chess Candidates 2024, Round 2 Highlights: Vidit beats Hikaru; Vaishali loses to Zhongyi; Gukesh wins vs Praggnanandhaa; Humpy draws vs Lagno

    FIDE Candidates 2024: Get the updates, analysis, commentary and highlights of the second round of the FIDE Candidates 2024, happening in Toronto, Canada on April 6, Saturday (India). 

  • April 06, 2024 23:10
    Round 3 Pairings


    Nijat Abasov - Hikaru Nakamura 

    Alireza Firouzja - Fabiano Caruana 

    Gukesh D - Ian Nepomniachtchi 

    Vidit Santosh Gujrathi - Praggnanandhaa R 


    Anna Muzychuk - Kateryna Lagno 

    Lei Tingjie - Aleksandra Goryachkina 

    Vaishali Rameshbabu - Nurgyul Salimova 

    Humpy Koneru - Tan Zhongyi

  • April 06, 2024 23:10
    Candidates 2024 Players in action

    Open Category: Ian Nepomniachtchi, Fabiano Caruana, Alireza Firouzja, Hikaru Nakamura, Nijat Abasov, Vidit Gujrathi, R. Praggnanandhaa, D. Gukesh

    Women’s Category: Lei Tingjie, Kateryna Lagno, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Anna Muzychuk, Nurgyul Salimova, Tan Zhongyi, R. Vaishali, Koneru Humpy

  • April 06, 2024 22:57
    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 06, 2024 22:56

    Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live streaming of the third round of the FIDE Candidates 2024, happening at the Great Hall in Toronto, Canada on April 7, Sunday (IST). Stay tuned as we bring you all the live action. 

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