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Inspiring Woman Of The Week

Tania Sachdev, star chess player and our Inspiring Woman this week, has not let early fame as Grandmaster stop her from working harder.

An International Master, ranked no. 3 in India and among the top 50 in the world, Tania Sachdev, 27, is an Indian chess player who won her first international title (Commonwealth Chess- Girls Under-8) when she was just eight.

Interested in chess since childhood with the help of very supportive parents and teachers, she began professional training for the game. A bronze-medallist in the World (under-12) and a gold-medallist in the Commonwealth (under-14), early fame did not deter her from continuing to work hard.

In 2005, she became the eighth Indian Woman Grandmaster, won the national Indian Women Championship in 2006 and 2007 and topped the Asian Chess Championship in 2008. She was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2009. She even qualified for the 2010 Chess Olympics in Russia and finished 4th in the Asian Games.

Her future dreams are breaking into the world top 20 and also competing for the Men’s Grandmaster title.

Why we find her inspiring:

– Believing in herself as a child and focusing on improving with her consistent performance.

– For proving that mind games are not just a men’s arena.

– For introducing more girls (and boys!) to chess as a sport and career option.

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