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Tania Sachdev
Sachdev in 2023
Born (1986-08-20) 20 August 1986 (age 37)
Delhi, India
Peak rating2443 (September 2013)
YouTube information
Years active2020–present
Subscribers91 thousand[1]
Total views51 lakh (5.1 million)[1]

Last updated: 16 August 2023

Tania Sachdev (born 20 August 1986)[2] is an Indian chess player, who holds the FIDE titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). She is a two-time Indian women's chess champion in 2006 and 2007,[3][4] one-time Asian women's chess champion in 2007[3][5] and three-time and current Commonwealth Women's Chess Champion in 2016,[6] 2018,[7] and 2019.[8] She is also a chess presenter and commentator.

Early years

Born in Delhi, Sachdev was introduced to the game by her mother, Anju, at age 6.[2] Her parents provided her with professional training. She achieved her first international title when she was eight. She was coached by K.C. Joshi during her early years. As a child, she won multiple events. Her career successes are under-12 Indian champion,[9] Asian U14 girls' champion in 2000[10] and bronze medalist at the 1998 World Youth Chess Championships in the Girls U12 division.[11] In 2002, she won the Asian Junior Girls Championship in Marawila.[12]

Tania Sachdev, 2008

National and international acclaim

In 2005, Sachdev became the eighth Indian player to be awarded the Woman Grandmaster title. She won India's National Women's Premier Chess Championship in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, she also won the Women's Asian Chess Championship with 6½ points out of nine rounds in Tehran.[13] She was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2009. In 2016, Sachdev won the best woman's prize at the Reykjavik Open[14][15] and won the Commonwealth women's champion title in Kalutara.[16]

She has played for the Indian national team in the Women's Chess Olympiads since 2008, the Women's World Team Chess Championship in 2009 and 2011, the Women's Asian Team Chess Championship since 2003, the 2006 Asian Games,[citation needed] and the 2009 Asian Indoor Games. Sachdev won the individual bronze medal for board 3 at the 2012 Women's Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, four team silver medals (in 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2014) and four individual ones (three silver and one bronze) at the Women's Asian Team Championship.[17]

In 2015, Sachdev won a silver medal in the Asian Continental Women's Rapid Chess Championship.[18]

Sachdev has presented a Fritztrainer Strategy DVD for Chessbase and was a member of the official commentary team for the 2013 (Chennai) World Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand.[19] In July 2019, Sachdev won Commonwealth women's championship and defended her title.[20][21]

Personal life

Sachdev completed her schooling at Modern School in Vasant Vihar in Delhi and did her graduation at Sri Venkateswara College.[citation needed]

She is sponsored by Red Bull.[22] She married Delhi-based architect Viraj Kataria in November 2014.[2][23]


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  2. ^ a b c "Tania Sachdev". Red Bull. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Tania Sachdev | Chess Celebrities". Chess.com.
  4. ^ "The evolution of women's chess in India". ChessBase India. 8 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Tania sachdev wins Asian chess title". Mumbai Mirror.
  6. ^ "Tania wins maiden Commonwealth gold, sets eyes on 2016 Chess Olympiad". Hindustan Times. 9 August 2016.
  7. ^ Kulkarni, Rakesh. "P. Karthikeyan, Tania Sachdev Win Commonwealth Titles". Chess.com.
  8. ^ Rao, Rakesh (7 July 2019). "Commonwealth chess championship: Fantastic fifth for Abhijeet Gupta". The Hindu – via www.thehindu.com.
  9. ^ "Tania Sachdev joins the Chessdom commentators team". Chessdom. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
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  11. ^ "World Championship in U18 categories. 25/10-7/11/1998". chess.gr. Archived from the original on 26 December 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Deepan and Tania Champs, India sweeps all the titles". 25th Asian Juniors 2002, Sri Lanka. Colombo. Retrieved 7 November 2015 – via Tripod.
  13. ^ "12th Asian Women Indevidual [sic] Chess Championship". Chess-Results.com. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  14. ^ Ramirez, Alejandro (20 March 2016). "Indian success in Iceland". ChessBase.
  15. ^ "Abhijeet wins Reykjavik Open; Tania makes Grandmaster norm". The Times of India. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  16. ^ Jayaratnam, Narayanaswamy (19 August 2016). "Gupta and Sachdev overall champions of Commonwealth Open Chess". Daily News. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  17. ^ "OlimpBase :: Women's Chess Olympiads :: Sachdev Tania". OlimpBase. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  18. ^ "Tania Sachdev wins silver in rapid chess | Chess News - Times of India". The Times of India. PTI. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  19. ^ Shah, Sagar (4 July 2014). "Improve Your Chess With Tania Sachdev". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  20. ^ Rao, Rakesh (7 July 2019). "Commonwealth chess championship: Fantastic fifth for Abhijeet Gupta". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  21. ^ "Abhijeet Gupta wins the Commonwealth title for a record fifth time!". ChessBase India. 8 July 2019. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  22. ^ Iyer, Sundari (8 June 2014). "Don't mind being called a chess hottie: Tania Sachdev". Mid-Day.
  23. ^ Bhalla, Ankita (4 November 2014). "Chess champ Tania Sachdev ties knot with Viraj Kataria in Delhi". The Times of India.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Women's Asian Chess Champion
Succeeded by