FIDE Candidates Round 2: Vidit Ends Nakamura’s 47-Game Unbeaten Streak On All-Decisive Day


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

The enterprising play at the 2024 FIDE Candidates Tournament led to an all-decisive day two. With a novelty followed by two sacrifices, GM Vidit Gujrathi broke GM Hikaru Nakamura’s 47-game undefeated streak. GM Ian Nepomniachtchi prevailed in the labyrinth of complexity he created with his opponent, GM Alireza Firouzja. 

In the battle of prodigies, GM Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu sacrificed three pawns vs. the ever-resourceful GM Gukesh Dommaraju but could not prove enough compensation for the material deficit. GM Fabiano Caruana capitalized on a startling blunder by GM Nijat Abasov.  

Leading the 2024 FIDE Women’s Candidates, GM Tan Zhongyi won a second game in a row, defeating GM-elect Vaishali Rameshbabu. Rising into clear second, top seed GM Aleksandra Goryachkina scored her first victory vs. GM Anna Muzychuk. 

Round three starts on Saturday, April 6, at 2:30 p.m. ET / 20:30 CEST / 12:00 a.m. IST.

Standings – Candidates 

Standings – Women’s Candidates 


Round 2 Results – Candidates 

Round 2 Results – Women’s Candidates 


Gukesh’s brilliant display of resilience under pressure is our Game of the Day. Enjoy analysis by GM Dejan Bojkov coming soon in the full report. 

Chess.com Game of the Day Dejan Bojkov

You can watch video recaps of the Candidates in our playlist below (click here).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=videoseries

How to watch?

You can watch the 2024 FIDE Candidates Tournament on Chess24’s YouTube and Twitch, and the 2024 Women’s FIDE Candidates on Chess.com’s YouTube and Twitch. The games can also be followed from our Events Page.

The FIDE Candidates Tournaments are among the most important FIDE events of the year. Players compete for the right to play in the next FIDE World Championship match against current World Chess Champions GMs Ding Liren and Ju Wenjun.


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