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Tania Sachdev Biography | Captivating Journey in the World of Chess

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Tania Sachdev, the World Chess Federation (FIDE) International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM), needs no introduction. She secured the title of Indian women’s chess champion twice, in 2006 and 2007. Additionally, she emerged as the Asian women’s chess champion in 2007 and holds the prestigious title of Commonwealth Women’s Chess Champion for three consecutive years, in 2016, 2018, and 2019. Apart from her accomplishments as a player, she is also involved as a chess presenter and commentator. She is the eight Indian chess player to become the Women Grandmaster. In a supposedly men’s game, Tania made a very strong mark of her own and has shunned all those arguments who doubted her. Vivacious, bold, and cheerful, Tania has added a much-needed dose of glamour to the game of chess. In this blog, we will look at Tania Sachdev biography, her achievements, incredible journey, family, husband, etc.

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About Tania Sachdev

Full Name Tania Sachdev
Sport Chess
Born 20 August 1986
Tania Sachdev Age 36
Hometown New Delhi, India
Height 171 cm
Age 36 years (20 August 1986 )
FIDE Ranking #63 (July 2023)
Spouse Viraj Kataria
Major Achievements 2 time Indian women’s chess champion in 2006 & 2007, one-time Asian women’s chess champion in 2007, Commonwealth Women’s Chess Champion in 2016, 2018, and 2019, etc.

Tania Sachdev: Early Life

Born to and raised by two athlete parents, it isn’t surprising that Tanya decided to pursue a career in sport. However, the family never thought she’ll opt for chess. Her father brought a simple chessboard when she was just six years old. He was trying to teach the game to her brother. However, in a pleasant twist of faith, it was Tania who picked up the game and soon mastered it! Tania told YourStory in an interview.

I picked up the rules, and two or three days later, I asked my dad for a game and beat him. Since then, my parents have always been supportive, and they made me take up professional training,”

Seeing her talent at such a tender age, her parents decided to give her professional training. She won her first international title when she just was eight years old. KC Joshi, her coach in initial years, noticed the young girl with tremendous potential and agreed to coach her after her parents approached him. Later on, she was also coached by IM Vishal Sareen and GM Ubilava.

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Tania Sachdev Family

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Tania is from Delhi, India. Her father, Pammi Sachdev is a businessman, who played football in college. Her mother, Anju was a state-level badminton player in college. Tania has two siblings, a brother and a sister each. Both are elder to her. Her brother is a professional golfer.

The Incredible Journey

Young Tania Sachdev proudly flaunting her trophy (left)

Once Tania began her chess journey, there was literally nothing that could stop her. Soon, she became the under-12 Indian champion. She also won the bronze medal at the 1998 World U12 Girls Championship. In 2000, she became the Asian U-14 girls’ champion and won the Asian Junior Girls Championship in 2012.

The Woman Grandmaster

The year 2005 will always be special for Tanya as she won the Woman Grandmaster title that year. She became the eighth Indian player to achieve this feat. The incredible run continued with two simultaneous achievements at India’s National Women’s Premier Chess Championship in 2006 and 2007. Another exciting victory came at the Women’s Asian Chess Championship in 2007.

Tania has represented India in various tournaments. Some of them are –

  • Women’s Chess Olympiads – 2008
  • Women’s World Team Chess Championship – 2009 and 2011
  • Women’s Team Chess Championship – 2003
  • Asian Games Women Chess Champion – 2007
  • Asian Indoor Games – 2009
  • Commonwealth Women’s Chess Champion- 2016, 2018, 2019

In 2012, she won an individual bronze medal at the Women’s Chess Olympiad held Istanbul. At the Women’s Asian Team Championship, she won four silver medals in the team event held in years 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2014. At the same tournament, she even won individual silver and bronze medals.

At the Reykjavik Open 2016, she won the best women chess player award. The very same year, she won Commonwealth Women’s Championship as well. She repeated the feat in the year 2018 and 2019 as well.

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She was presented with Arjuna Award in the year 2009.

Fighting Prejudices

Tania has faced her share of sexist prejudices, just like most women in this country. It has always been assumed that chess is more suited to a male mind. However, Tania broke all these hollow assumptions and never let any snide comments get to her. Very often, her moves were labelled as ‘girl’s moves’. Tania made these moves her strength and shut all naysayers with her brilliance. Instead of letting all the negativity affect her, she used it to motivate herself and be a stronger player.

Her amazing journey has brought chess in the limelight. A vivacious and vibrant individual, Tania transforms into a focused a player as soon as she sits in front of a chess board.

Tania Sachdev Husband

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Tania Sachdev with husband Viraj Kataria. Image Source: theweddingbrigade.com

Tanya married fellow Delhite Viraj Kataria in 2014. The couple met at her mother’s birthday party and instantly became good friends. Their parents were already family friends since quite some time. After around a year, Viraj proposed and the couple decided to get married. The wedding was a grand affair and included both Hindu and Sikh ceremonies.

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Tania Sachdev: The Diva

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Tania Sachdev has tried her hand at modelling as well. Tania Sachdev has always led a dynamic life and has multiple pursuits to her repertoire.

“Though I would like to be known for my achievements in the sport, I don’t mind if somebody calls me a hot chess player”, Sachdev told in an interview to Mid-Day.


Tanya Sachdev is sponsored by Red Bull. The company has organized many activities with the champion to give a platform to budding chess players. Their initiatives like Battle For The Queen have received a lot of enthusiastic support.

“We do extremely innovative and one of a kind events in India. For example, we took chess to the Taj Mahal and I played simultaneously with ten players with a clock siren, which was very challenging. We also played Tweet Chess, which was the first-ever Twitter game, where the most tweeted move played against me. There were players from across the world who had participated. These fun things make me feel like I am giving back to the game and getting people involved in it,” she told YourStory.

Facts about Tania Sachdev

  • Tanya is a big travel freak! If not a chess player, she would have ended up being a travel writer. Whenever she is travelling to other countries for chess tournaments, she makes it a point to try out the local cuisine and explore the culture.
  • Tanya does commentary also.
  • Tania Sachdev is a trained classical dancer as well.
  • Tanya loves to read and shop when she is free.
  • Her favorite cuisine is Italian.
  • She graduated in English literature, Political Science and Psychology from the University of Delhi in 2008.

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What are Tania Sachdev’s notable accomplishments in chess?

Tania Sachdev has achieved remarkable milestones in the world of chess. She secured the prestigious title of Indian women’s chess champion twice, in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, she also emerged as the Asian women’s chess champion. Furthermore, Tania Sachdev’s outstanding performance led her to claim the title of Commonwealth Women’s Chess Champion three times, in the years 2016, 2018, and 2019.

Has Tania Sachdev represented India in international chess competitions?

Yes, Tania Sachdev has represented India in numerous international chess competitions. She has proudly represented her country on the global stage, showcasing her talent and skills as a chess player.

Apart from playing, is Tania Sachdev involved in any other aspects of chess?

Tania Sachdev actively engages in various roles within the chess community, extending beyond her prowess as a player. She shares her insights and expertise as a chess presenter and commentator, making valuable contributions to the chess community at large.

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Mamta Thatte
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A passionate foodie, a versatile writer, and now a sports enthusiast, Mamta is always open to exploring new avenues. She has a vast experience in Web Content Writing, Editing, and Social Media Management. A self-confessed coffee and dark chocolate addict, she believes in following her heart and giving her 100% into everything she does.



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