Environment amount-4 GM Alireza Firouzja has been mysteriously inactive in the very last 12 months with remarkably number of tournament appearances. In a rare, new job interview, the teenager confirmed rumors about him trying to find an substitute vocation.

Firouzja, the Iranian-born French teenage prodigy hailed as a long term successor to the chess throne, has not played a solitary over-the-board match since September. His final occasion was his impressive double victory in St. Louis, profitable the Fast & Blitz party and Sinquefield Cup, his only classical party since the Candidates, final July.

The 19-12 months-old had a disappointing outcome in the Airthings Masters 2023, where he competent for the knockout phase, but was then beaten convincingly by GM Arjun Erigaisi.

Whilst Firouzja often displays up in Titled Tuesday tournaments, his enthusiasts are still left mystified as to why the young star has been so inactive. Now the teenager has, for the initially time, shared an clarification.

Firouzja at the 2022 Candidates Event. Image: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Speaking to chess streamer WFM Alessia Santeramo just before an on the net match in opposition to GM Praggnanandhaa R., Firouzja confirmed rumors that have been circulating for a when: 

A job in fashion design. Relatively cryptically, he responded to the rumors:

“Yes, I was in this marketplace for two yrs now. It really is sort of a critical matter. It is really improving each day and, sure, it is type of a serious job.”

Additional aspects on the extent of his new career, or how considerably this impacts his chess, is not still clear, but Firouzja extra:

“It can be taking time from my chess, but I like to have each issues together.”

The younger star does not intend to close his chess career just nevertheless. Firouzja also disclosed that he will be additional energetic in the second portion of 2023, actively playing in the Grand Chess Tour and in Norway Chess, which is set to acquire position in May. The relaxation of the area in these functions is nonetheless to be announced.

Chess.com reached out to Firouzja for remark but is nonetheless to obtain an reply.

It would not be the to start with time a top chess participant has experienced a occupation outside of chess. GMs Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Grischuk are between the chess stars actively playing poker actively.

Several other gamers have also offered up specialist chess, both partly or thoroughly, to chase professions in other fields. 1 case in point is GM Gata Kamsky, who had an eight-year break from chess commencing when he was 22 and was ranked sixth in the earth in 1996, having up legislation school.

French GM Joel Lautier, who peaked 15th in the globe, retired from his chess career in 2006 to turn into a businessman.

By Amalia