FIDE Candidates 2024 Round 1: The Candidates Opens With An Abundance of Fighting Spirit


This is a flash report. The full report is coming soon. 

The players arrived ready to fight on the opening day of the 2024 Candidates Tournament. GM Hikaru Nakamura sacrificed two rooks vs. GM Fabiano Caruana. GM Alireza Firouzja vs. GM Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu was a duel of imagination and counterstrikes. GM Vidit Gujrathi essayed a bolt from the blue vs. GM Gukesh Dommaraju. The ultimately balanced results are far from the story told on the boards.

GM Tan Zhongyi seized the sole lead in the Women’s Candidates by defeating her rival from the 2022-2023 final, GM Lei Tingjie. 

Round two starts on Friday, April 5, at 2:30 p.m. ET / 19:30 CET / 12:00 a.m. IST.

Standings – Candidates 

Standings – Women’s Candidates 

Round 1 Results – Candidates

Round 1 Results – Women’s Candidates


The explosive clash between Firouzja and Praggnanandhaa is our Game of the Day. Enjoy the following analysis by GM Rafael Leitao.

GM Rafael Leitao GotD

Round 2 Pairings – Candidates

Round 2 Pairings – Women’s Candidates


How to watch?

You can watch the 2024 FIDE Candidates Tournament on YouTube and Twitch. The games can also be followed from our Events Page.

The FIDE Candidates Tournament is one of the most important FIDE events of the year. Players compete for the right to play in the next FIDE World Championship match against current chess champion GM Ding Liren.


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