(Persia Digest) – As rumors about the change of citizenship by Iran’s chess grandmaster, Alireza Firouzja, began to spread, his father and the Iranian Chess Federation have now refuted the claim.

Rumors have been rife over the past few days that Alireza Firouzja, Iranian chess grandmaster who was able to get the title at the age of sixteen, has reached an agreement with the French to continue the game under their flag.

But the President of the Iranian Chess Federation has refuted the change of citizenship by Iran’s chess star to play for France. Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh said: “Firouzja is going to France to compete in the French league.”

He added: “I have talked to Firouzja and his father. They have no plans for a change of citizenship and have only received a visa to compete in the French league.”

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Alireza Firouzja’s father also said that his son will not be changing his nationality and the facilities placed at his disposal by France have led to this misunderstanding.

Speaking about obtaining the French nationality, Alireza Firouzja’s father said: “I refute this claim. Alireza has been invited to France for his good performance as Iran’s first professional legionnaire. The French league have provided him with exclusive accommodation and great facilities, leading to the misunderstanding in the world of chess. There will be no change of nationality.”

In August 2019, Alireza Firouzja became Iran’s chess grandmaster at the end of the Turkish super league with ten wins, three draws, and individual and team titles, reaching the rating of 2700. At the age of 16 years and one month, he became the second youngest chess player in the world and chess super grandmaster.

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09/09/2019 - 05:17
This article is uninformed. Alireza Firouzja is Iran's only Super Grand Master (with FIDE rating above 2700+). There are about 15 or 16 Iranian chess grand masters.