Chess Candidates 2024: Indian GM Dommaraju Gukesh becomes youngest ever to compete at World Chess Championship

India’s 17-year-old Grandmaster D Gukesh scripted history by winning the Candidates Chess Tournament to become youngest ever challenger to the world title.

17-year-old Indian Chess phenom Dommaraju Gukesh. Photo courtesy: Gukesh/Instagram
Indian Chess phenom Dommaraju Gukesh. Photo courtesy: Gukesh/Instagram

He will take on reigning world champion, China’s Ding Liren, for the crown later this year. Gukesh accumulated nine out of a possible 14 points after drawing his final-round game against American Hikaru Nakamura.

After the draw, Gukesh had to wait for the results from the other board where Ian Nepomniachtchi and Fabiano Caruana traded moves, ultimately agreeing to a draw.

Other results

Chess sensation Praggnanandhaa won against Nijat Abasov, while Vidit Gujrathi and Alireza’s match ended in a draw after just five minutes.

Matching her brother’s success, Praggnanandhaa’s sister Vaishali Rameshbabu defeated Kateryna Lagno. This also gave her the fifth win in a row. Earlier she had suffered four consecutive losses.

Humpy Koneru also managed to win her game against Lei Tingjie.

Overall, Chinese chess player Tan Zhongyi won the women’s Candidates event. She will compete against fellow national Ju Wenjun in the Women’s World Championship.

(The article is published under a mutual content partnership arrangement between The Free Press Journal and Connected to India)