Who Is Parham Maghsoodloo’s Wife? Married Life, Kids And Family


Parham Maghsoodloo, An Iranian-Born Chess Grandmaster

Iranian chess grandmaster Parham Maghsoodloo, who got married at 23, never fails to mention and thank his wife, Sanaz Esmaili, for her support. His wife is a chess player-turned-arbiter, so it is evident that she understands the drill.

The 2018 World Junior Chess Champion admits that marrying Sanaz boosted him as a player and person. Maghsoodloo stated that his spouse occasionally joins him in the tournaments as an arbiter.

Curious fans who are willing to get more on Parham’s married life surf through his Instagram posts, but his IG profile is all about his professional ventures. So, here we are with an article about Maghsoodloo’s relationship and family.

Quick Facts

Name Parham Maghsoodloo
Date of BirthAugust 12, 2000
Birth PlaceGorgan, Iran
Age23 Years Old (as of February 2024)
ProfessionChess Player (Grandmaster)
Sexual OrientationStraight
Career Active2011- Present
Social MediaInstagram, Facebook, Twitter

Parham Maghsoodloo’s Wife Is Sanaz Esmaili: Does She Play Chess?

It’s no secret that the four-time Iranian Chess Championship winner is already married. Like him, Parham’s wife, Sanaz Esmaili, is an Iranian national who competed at Iran Youth Chess Championships.

Later, Esmaili went from a chess player to becoming an arbiter. According to FIDE, she is a national arbiter for Iran who obtained her license on December 6, 2021.

Even if she has been away from chess tournaments as a player, she still ranks #1245 among chess players in Iran. Her highest FIDE rating in standard format is 1851 (highest-ever, reached in March 2020), while it’s 1751 in rapid and blitz formats.

As reported, Maghsoodloo’s wife, Sanaz, was an arbiter in the 2023 Quarter Masters.

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What Is The Age Of Maghsoodloo’s Wife, Sanaz?

According to the website of the Chess Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Sanaz Esmaili was born on December 28, 1996, in Rasht, in the Gilan province of Iran. Her full name is Sanaz Esmaili Dizkohi.

So, as of early 2024, Esmaili is 27 years old. Given that fact, she is nearly four years older than her chess grandmaster husband, Parham Maghsoodloo, who was born on August 12, 2000.

Parham Maghsoodloo Got Married In The 2023 Fall

Since Maghsoodloo is not an avid user of Instagram or other social media platforms, his personal life updates come during his chess tournament interviews.

Reports of his marriage and spouse became one of the rejoicing topics for viewers in the 2023 fall. During an interview with Keti Tsatsalashvili at Qatar Masters in October 2023, he talked about his games and significant half, Sanaz.

During the conversation, Keti congratulated the Iranian chess player on his wedding, “You got recently married, congratulations.” The exacts of his marriage are unknown, but it’s evident that he and his wife had ‘Nikah’ per Islamic tradition.

Iranian Chess GM Parham Maghsoodloo With His Wife
Iranian Chess GM Parham Maghsoodloo Married Sanaz In The 2023 Fall (Source: YouTube)

In the same interview, Parham confirmed that his spouse, Sanaz Esmaili, was also at the 2023 Quarter Masters, working as an arbiter, and was proud of her. However, she was an arbiter for another group than he was into.

Moreover, he spoke highly of his wife, saying that her support added an extra layer of prominence to his games, and said, “It was a very good idea to get married for me because, now, everything is working perfectly for me.”

Marital StatusMarried
Children No
Wife NameSanaz Esmaili

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When Did Parham Maghsoodloo Meet His Wife, Sanaz Esmaili?

In September 2018, Maghsoodloo confirmed during an interview with ChessBase India that he didn’t have a girlfriend. Also, he added that it was “very soon” to be dating and wanted to focus on his chess career.

Just a year later, in 2019, the Iranian chess star met his future wife, Sanaz, which he confirmed during a November 2023 interview with ChessBase India at FIDA Grand Swiss 2023. When asked how long he knew his wife, the chess player stated it was ‘four years’ ago.

Maghsoodlo's Wife, Sanaz Esmaili
Maghsoodlo’s Wife, Sanaz Esmaili (Source: Facebook)

He also expressed gratitude to his partner, Esmaili, and his second, Ahmad Asgarizadeh, an international master, who helped him enhance his performance. At that time, he had a career-high FIDE rating of 2742.

Parham finished #6 in the 2023 Grand Swiss, behind German grandmaster Vincent Keymer (#5), while Vidit Gujrathi emerged victorious.

Does Chess GM Maghsoodloo Have Kids?

No, Maghsoodloo and Sanaz have yet to share any children. Probably in his mid-20s, Parham, who aims to become a world champion, is not ready to embrace fatherhood.

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Is Parham’s Wife, Sanaz Esmaili, Active On Social Media?

Esmaili is active on Instagram under the handle @sanazesmailii; however, she switched her account to private. In addition to that, she also has a Facebook account (@sanaz.esmaili.9) but has no posts on the platform since 2020.

On the other hand, her husband, Parham Maghsoodloo’s Instagram @parhammaghsoodloo, has over 13K followers. His Facebook username is @parham.maghsoodloo.

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Family Members Of Parham Maghsoodloo: Parents And Siblings

Parham, who won the gold medal with the Iranian team in the 2023 Asian Games, was born to Iranian parents with Islamic beliefs. He talked about his parents’ profession in a 2018 interview with ChessBase India.

As reported, his father works as a bank teller while his mother is a teacher. However, their names are not known.

The Irian chess grandmaster is the oldest of two children and has a younger brother, Roham (b. 2006), who is 18 years old in 2024. Unlike him, Parham’s brother is into outdoor sports and is a skilled soccer player.

Parham With His Parents And Brother
Parham With His Parents And Brother (Source: Facebook)

Maghsoodloo started playing chess at nine, which is quite late compared to other young grandmasters. But his skills and dedication made him a standout in no time.

In one of his interviews, Parham stated that his dad and mom were not happy when he first expressed wanting to make his career in chess. They were not financially strong enough to cover his expenses, but upon seeing his achievements, they poured all their support without a second thought.

In 2018, his parents flew from Iran to Turkey to witness their son win the 2018 World Junior Chess Championship.

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