World quantity-four GM Alireza Firouzja has been mysteriously inactive in the previous 12 months with remarkably number of match appearances. In a uncommon, new job interview, the teen confirmed rumors about him in search of an choice career.

Firouzja, the Iranian-born French teenage prodigy hailed as a potential successor to the chess throne, has not played a solitary above-the-board match since September. His previous celebration was his extraordinary double victory in St. Louis, successful the Speedy & Blitz event and Sinquefield Cup, his only classical celebration given that the Candidates, last July.

The 19-calendar year-aged experienced a disappointing consequence in the Airthings Masters 2023, where by he competent for the knockout phase, but was then overwhelmed convincingly by GM Arjun Erigaisi.

Though Firouzja from time to time exhibits up in Titled Tuesday tournaments, his admirers are still left mystified as to why the young star has been so inactive. Now the teenager has, for the first time, shared an explanation.

Firouzja at the 2022 Candidates Match. Picture: Maria Emelianova/

Talking to chess streamer WFM Alessia Santeramo prior to an on-line match in opposition to GM Praggnanandhaa R., Firouzja verified rumors that have been circulating for a when: 

A occupation in trend design. Fairly cryptically, he responded to the rumors:

“Indeed, I was in this business for two several years now. It really is type of a significant thing. It truly is bettering every day and, indeed, it can be kind of a serious profession.”

More specifics on the extent of his new occupation, or how substantially this has an effect on his chess, is not still clear, but Firouzja added:

“It truly is getting time from my chess, but I like to have both equally things together.”

The youthful star does not intend to end his chess job just nevertheless. Firouzja also discovered that he will be far more lively in the 2nd aspect of 2023, taking part in in the Grand Chess Tour and in Norway Chess, which is set to take put in May perhaps. The relaxation of the field in these situations is but to be announced. arrived at out to Firouzja for comment but is still to obtain an respond to.

It would not be the initial time a prime chess player has had a occupation outdoors of chess. GMs Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Grischuk are among the chess stars taking part in poker actively.

A number of other gamers have also supplied up qualified chess, either partly or thoroughly, to chase professions in other fields. One illustration is GM Gata Kamsky, who had an eight-year crack from chess setting up when he was 22 and was ranked sixth in the world in 1996, having up law college.

French GM Joel Lautier, who peaked 15th in the world, retired from his chess profession in 2006 to become a businessman.