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2024 World Chess Candidates Tournaments

2 Rounds to go!

by
John Bain

Round 12 in the OPEN Candidates concluded with a three-way tie for 1st Place with only 2 games remaining in the 2024 Candidates!

1st Place:

  • India’s Dommaraju Gukesh (7.5 points)

  • USA’s Hikaru Nakamura (7.5 points)

  • Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi (7.5 points)

2nd Place:

  • USA’s Fabiano Caruana (7.0 points)

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After 12 Rounds in the WOMEN Candidates, the Chinese women dominate play, and pulled away.

1st Place:

  • China’s Tan Zhongyi (8 points)

2nd Place:

  • China’s Lei Tingjie (7.5 points)

3rd Place:

  • Russia’s Kateryna Lagno (6.0 points)

More than likely, the world will see another all-Chinese World Women’s Chess Championship match later this year.

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The Women & the Open World Chess Candidates Tournaments are taking place in Toronto, Canada, April 3-23, 2024.

The winners will play the world champions–the Open World Chess Champion and the Women World Chess Champion–in 12-game matches for the titles to be scheduled later in 2024.

The 14-round Candidates Tournaments now have only 2 games remaining.


The Leader!

Tan Zhongyi in Round 11 takes the lead wearing beige coat sitting behind white pieces staring at chessboard

1st Place – China’s Tan Zhongyi

8.0/12.0 Points


Lei Tingjie Round 11 in blue blazer looking at the camera 2nd Place

2nd Place – China’s Lei Tingjie

7.5/12.0 Points


WOMEN Standings after Round 12

2024 FIDE WOMEN Candidates standing after Round 12

After Round 12 with 2 games remaining, China’s Tan Zhongyi is in 1st Place with 8.0 points.

In 2nd Place is China’s Lei Tingjie 7.5 points.


Who will the Challenger be?

Meet the candidates competing for the opportunity to challenge China’s Ju Wenjun, the reigning Women’s World Chess Champion.

2024 FIDE World Chess Women Candidates

Women by Rating
&
How Player Qualified

1. Aleksandra Goryachkina – FIDE (Russia)
DOB: Sept. 28, 1998
Rating: 2553 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2611 in Aug. 2021
Qualified: 2022−23 Women’s Grand Prix 2nd Place

2. Lei Tingjie – China
DOB: Mar. 13, 1997
Rating: 2550 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2554 in May 2023
Qualified: 2023 World Championship Match Runner-up

3. Humpy Koneru – India
DOB: Mar. 31, 1987 – The oldest player!
Rating: 2546 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2623 in July 2009
Qualified: Best by Rating

4. Kateryna Lagno – FIDE (Russia)
DOB: Dec. 27, 1989
Rating: 2542 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2563 in Oct. 2022
Qualified: 2022−23 Women’s Grand Prix 1st Place

5. Tan Zhongyi – China
DOB: May 29, 1991
Rating: 2521 in Mar. 2024: Peak Rating: 2530 in Aug. 2018
Qualified: 2023 Grand Swiss 2nd Place

6. Anna Muzychuk – Ukraine
DOB: Feb. 28, 1990
Rating: 2520 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2606 in July 2012
Qualified: 2023 World Cup 3rd Place

7. Vaishali Rameshbabu – India
DOB: June 21, 2001
Rating: 2481 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2497 in Dec. 2023
Qualified: 2023 Grand Swiss 1st Place

8. Nurgyul Salimova – Bulgaria
DOB: June 2, 2003 – The youngest player!
Rating: 2426 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2426 in Dec. 2023
Qualified: 2023 World Cup 2nd Place

One of these world’s Top 8 women chess players will win the tournament, and challenge the reigning Women’s World Chess Champion, China’s Ju Wenjun.


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2024 FIDE World Chess OPEN Candidates

The Leaders!

2024 Candidates ROUND 12 OPEN Leaders Gukesh & Nakamura & Nepo

1st Place (tie) – Gukesh, “Nepo” & Nakamura
7.5/12.0 Points


OPEN Standings after Round 12

2024 FIDE OPEN Candidates standing after Round 12


Who will the Challenger be?

2024 FIDE World Chess Men Candidates

Round 12 in the OPEN Candidates shows a 3-way tie for 1st Place with only 2 games remaining in the 2024 Candidates!

  • India’s Dommaraju Gukesh (7.5 points)

  • USA’s Hikaru Nakamura (7.5 points)

  • Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi (7.5 points)


OPEN Players by Rating
&
How Player Qualified

Meet the candidates competing for the opportunity to challenge the reigning World Chess Champion, China’s Diren Ling.

1. Fabiano Caruana – USA
DOB: July 30, 1992
Rating: 2804 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2844 in Oct. 2014
Qualified: 2023 World Cup 3rd Place

2. Hikaru Nakamura – USA
DOB: Dec. 9, 1987 – The oldest player!
Rating: 2789 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2816 in Oct. 2015
Qualified: 2023 Grand Swiss 2nd Place

3. Alireza Firouzja – France (from Iran 2019)
DOB: June 18, 2003
Rating: 2760 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2804 in Dec. 2021
Qualified: Best by Rating

4. Ian Nepomniachtchi – FIDE (Russia)
DOB: July 14, 1990
Rating: 2758 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2795 in Mar. 2023
Qualified: 2023 World Championship Match Runner-up

5. Vidit Santosh – India
DOB: Oct. 24, 1994
Rating: 2747 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2747 in Feb. 2024
Qualified: 2023 Grand Swiss 1st Place

6. Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu – India
DOB: Aug. 10, 2005
Rating: 2747 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2747 in Feb. 2024
Qualified: 2023 World Cup 2nd Place

7. Dommaraju Gukesh – India
DOB: May 29, 2006 – The youngest player!
Rating: 2747 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2758 in Sept. 2023
Qualified: 2023 FIDE Circuit Winner

8. Nijat Abasov – Azerbaijan
DOB: May 14, 1995
Rating: 2632 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2679 in Oct. 2023
Qualified: 2023 Grand Swiss 4th Place

One of these Top 8 chess players in the world will win the Candidates Tournament, and challenge the reigning World Chess Champion, China’s Ding Liren.


2024 FIDE Candidates Calendar

Calendar Schedule 2024 World Chess Candidates Tournaments

WOMEN Candidates Pairings

Rounds 1-7

PAIRINGS Round 1-7 2024 World Chess WOMEN Candidates Tournaments

Rounds 8-14

PAIRINGS Round 8-14 2024 World Chess WOMEN Candidates Tournaments


OPEN Candidates Pairings

Rounds 1-7

PAIRINGS Rounds 1-7 2024 World Chess OPEN Candidates Tournaments

Open Candidates Pairings

Rounds 8-14

PAIRINGS Rounds 8-14 2024 World Chess OPEN Candidates Tournaments

The Reigning Women’s World Champion!

Ju Wenjun Women's World Chess Champion rated 2559 ranked #330 in the world

Ju Wenjun – China
DOB: Jan. 31, 1991
Rating: 2559 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2604 in Mar. 2017
Qualified: 2023-2024 Reigning Women’s World Chess Champion


The Reigning World Chess Champion

Ding Liren reigning World Chess Champion 2024

Ding Liren – China
DOB: Oct. 24, 1992
Rating: 2762 in Mar. 2024; Peak Rating: 2816 in Nov. 2018
Qualified: 2023-2024 Reigning World Chess Champion


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