Georgian GM Tornike Sanikidze announced through his facebook page that he will be taking a break from chess due to personal reasons.
The 24 year-old is the 11th best rated player in his country. He has an Elo rating of 2557 and was having a slight decay in the periods from May 2012.
He wrote in his facebook page:
“Hello Everybody! I feel really very bad. And I decide to take biiig rest from the chess. I think I will not play very long. First of all I have to decline all my invitations and contracts with the clubs, and I have to apologize for it. I hope in some time they will understand me…My life is so shit..i need to rest…. it is up to me to continue like this…So thank you very much for all my friends who will support me, and sorry again for making problems. wish you all the best..”
In a commentary given to chess-news.ru, Sanikidze explained that his decision is connected to his private life:
“I couldn’t find myself for quite long and due to that my results weren’t stable. It will take me long to recover – I should turn over a new leaf…”