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FIDE candidates 2024: Gukesh writes history, becomes youngest ever world champion | Chess news

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TORONTO: India’s 17-year-old phenom D Gukesh created history on Monday as he became champion of the FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament 2024 after a thrilling final round in Toronto.

He is only the second Indian player to win the Candidates Tournament after legendary player Viswanathan Anand. In round 14, Gukesh used black pieces to hold rival championship contender Hikaru Nakamura to a draw and secure his victory.

With this win, the 17-year-old now becomes the youngest player to advance to the World Cup finals, where he will face China’s Ding Liren.

Gukesh won the first place with a total of 9/14 points. He held Nakamura to a draw on a dramatic day, but his fate was sealed on the other board when Fabiano Caruana and Ian Nepomniachtchi battled for 109 moves before settling for a draw.

The day was filled with a lot of drama. For a while it looked like Gukesh would emerge victorious on Monday, when Fabiano Caruana’s mistake in move 41 created the chance for a draw against Ian Nepomniachtchi. However, Nepo then gave Caruana the upper hand by returning the favor. Eventually the tide turned and the match between Nepo and Caruana was on its way to a draw.

After Gukesh drew his match against Hikaru Nakamura, the FIDE Candidates Tournament took a dramatic turn. However, Fabiano Caruana’s critical error in his match against lan Nepomniachtchi provided a ray of hope for Gukesh’s historic quest. This mistake significantly changed the course of the match and created a chance for a draw.