Thursday, April 21, 2011
Beauty With Brains Glamorous Chess Player Tania Sachdev
Tania Sachdev (born August 20, 1986 in Delhi) is an Indian chess player, who holds the titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster.
A Viswanathan Anand fan, Tania became the eighth Indian Woman Grandmaster. Tania won her first international title when she was just eight. She has already won the World and Asian junior titles. In 2008 she topped the Asian Chess Championship with 6.5 points out of nine rounds.
Tania was also listed in the Limca Book of Records as a world record holder for being the youngest to win a Gold Medal in an international event in the world. She became a Woman Grandmaster (WGM) at the age of 18. She made her final norm by drawing the 10th and penultimate round with Hungary’s Lajos Seres. Tania became the eighth Indian Woman Grandmaster joining the list of S Vijayalakshmi, Koneru Humpy, Aarthie Ramaswamy, S Meenakshi, D Harika, Nisha Mohota and Swati Ghate.
She studied English Literature with Political Science and Psychology at the Delhi University and graduated in 2008. She was Asian U14, Junior and Senior Champion, and won the national Indian Women Championship in 2006 and 2007, also being a runner up in 2008. She is also holding bronze medal from the World U12 Championship. She was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2009.