Wednesday, June 19

Indian Trio Battles in FIDE Candidates 2024 Round 4

Young Indian talents impress in FIDE Candidates 2024 Round 4! Gukesh & Praggnanandhaa hold Caruana & Nakamura to draws, while Vidit falls to Nepomniachtchi.

The FIDE Candidates 2024 Round 4 was a day of mixed emotions for the Indian contingent. While Vidit Gujrathi suffered a loss to Ian Nepomniachtchi, both R. Praggnanandhaa and D. Gukesh managed to hold their higher-ranked opponents, Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana, to draws.

Vidit Falters, Young Guns Hold Strong

Vidit, following a victory over Nakamura, fell short against Nepomniachtchi. However, 18-year-old Praggnanandhaa displayed strategic maturity in his draw with Nakamura, prioritizing solidity over risk. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Gukesh impressed with his resilient play against Caruana, earning a well-deserved draw in a long and complex endgame.

Nepomniachtchi Maintains Lead, Indians Remain in Contention

Nepomniachtchi’s win against Vidit strengthens his lead at the top of the standings. However, Gukesh’s impressive performance against Caruana puts him in joint-second place, showcasing the talent and potential of the young Indian players. Praggnanandhaa, despite the draw, remains in contention for a strong finish.

FIDE Candidates 2024 Round 4: A Tournament of Experience and Rising Stars

The Candidates tournament is a fascinating blend of experience and youthful exuberance. Established players like Nepomniachtchi are showing their dominance, while young talents like Gukesh and Praggnanandhaa are proving they belong on this stage. Their performances are a testament to the growing strength of Indian chess and a source of excitement for chess fans worldwide.

The upcoming rounds promise to be even more thrilling as the players vie for a chance to challenge the World Champion.

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