Tania Sachdev

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Tania Sachdev
Tania Sachdev (IND).jpg
Sachdev in 2014
Born (1986-08-20) 20 August 1986 (age 34)
Delhi, India
TitleInternational Master (2008)
Woman Grandmaster (2005)
Peak rating2443 (September 2013)

Tania Sachdev (born 20 August 1986) is an Indian chess player, who holds the FIDE titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). She is also a chess presenter and commentator.

Early years[edit]

Born in Delhi, Sachdev was introduced to the game by her mother, Anju, at the age of 6. 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, Tania Sachdev won multiple events. Her career successes are under-12 Indian champion,[1] Asian U14 girls' champion in 2000[2] and bronze medalist at the 1998 World Youth Chess Championships in the Girls U12 division.[3] In 2002, she won the Asian Junior Girls Championship in Marawila.[4]

National and international acclaim[edit]

In 2005, she 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.[5] She was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2009. In 2016, Sachdev won the best woman's prize at the Reykjavik Open[6][7] and won the Commonwealth women's champion title in Kalutara.[8]

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, 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.[9]

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.[10] 2019 Commonwealth Women's Champion (Defended her title).

Personal life[edit]

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

She is sponsored by Red Bull.[11] She married Delhi-based architect Viraj Kataria in November 2014.[12][13]


  1. ^ "Tania Sachdev joins the Chessdom commentators team". Chessdom. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Young champions are back". The Hindu. 4 April 2000. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  3. ^ World Championship in U18 categories. 25/10-7/11/1998. chess.gr. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  4. ^ "25th Asian Juniors 2002, Sri Lanka". Tripod. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  5. ^ 12th Asian Women Indevidual (sic) Chess Championship Chess-Results
  6. ^ Ramirez, Alejandro (20 March 2016). "Indian success in Iceland". ChessBase. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Abhijeet wins Reykjavik Open; Tania makes Grandmaster norm". The Times of India. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Gupta and Sachdev overall champions of Commonwealth Open Chess". Daily News. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  9. ^ Sachdev Tania team chess record at Olimpbase.org
  10. ^ Shah, Sagar (4 July 2014). "Improve Your Chess With Tania Sachdev". Chessbase Chess News. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Don't mind being called a chess hottie: Tania Sachdev". mid-day.com. 8 June 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  12. ^ Bhalla, Ankita. "Chess champ Tania Sachdev ties knot with Viraj Kataria in Delhi". Times of India.
  13. ^ "Tania Sachdev". Red Bull. Retrieved 30 January 2018.

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