Candidates 2024: Vidit beats Nakamura again, Gukesh and Pragg play draw

Candidates 2024

Candidates 2024: In Round 9, Vidit Gujrathi made headlines by defeating World No. 3 Hikaru Nakamura for the second time in ten days. Vidit, who had previously beaten Nakamura with the black pieces, showcased his fantastic preparation and won the game with the white pieces. Nakamura blundered in the middlegame, which led to his downfall.

Even though he lost to compatriot Gukesh, Gujrathi remained firm and decided to continue with the Italian opening and got rewarded as Nakamura went for a side variation by pushing his kingside pawns too early.

Gujrathi is currently placed in the fourth spot alongside Caruana and Nakamura with 4.5 points.

Candidates 2024: Gukesh and Pragg draw their game

The battle of Indian teenage prodigies, Gukesh and Praggnanandhaa, ended in a well-contested draw. Both players are among the top three with five rounds left. Gukesh is the joint leader in the standings, while Praggnanandhaa is just half a point behind.

In the women’s section, Vaishali lost her game to leader Tan Zhongyi. Meanwhile, Humpy eked out a draw against Kateryna Lagno.

The tournament has five more rounds to go. The winner of the open event gets to take on Ding Liren in the World Chess Championship next year. The winner of the women’s event gets to face off against China’s Ju Wenjun in the Women’s World Chess Championship.

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