Nepomniachtchi Survives Praggnanandhaa’s Killer Preparation, Gukesh Joins Lead


This is a flash report. The full report, including game analysis, photographs, quotes from interviews, and more, will be added soon.

After almost six hours of play and in the longest round of the 2024 FIDE Candidates Tournament, GM Gukesh Dommaraju defeated GM Nijat Abasov to catch GM Ian Nepomniachtchi in the lead. Nepomniachtchi, on the other hand, survived a lost position out of the opening by a miracle against GM Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu.

GM Hikaru Nakamura was the only other player to win, against GMs Alireza Firouzja, and is a point behind the leaders. GM Vidit Gujrathi had a golden opportunity against GM Fabiano Caruana but had to settle for a draw after missing a critical response.

There were no decisive results in the Women’s Candidates, leaving GM Tan Zhongyi in the lead by half a point. 

Round six will be on Wednesday, April 10, starting at 2:30 p.m. ET / 20:30 CEST / 12:00 a.m. IST.

Standings – Candidates

Standings – Women’s Candidates

Candidates: Big Scare for Nepomniachtchi, Disappointment For Praggnanandhaa

 GM Rafael Leitao has analyzed our Game of the Day below.

Women’s Candidates: More Missed Opportunities And Cunning Escapes 

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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