Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2009
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : New Delhi, NCT, India
Tania Sachdev is an Indian chess player, who holds the FIDE titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster. She became the eighth Indian Woman Grandmaster and won her first international title when she was just eight years old. She received Arjuna Award for her talents from the Government of India in 2009. Tania was born on 20th August 1986 in Delhi. Her father’s name is Pammi Sachdev and her mother’s name is Anju. Her father is into furniture business and her mother was a badminton player of her days. Tania has one elder sister Amrita Sachdev and one elder brother who is a golf player. Tania completed her schooling at Modern School in Vasant Vihar in Delhi and did her graduation at Shri Venkateswara College. She started playing chess when she was seven years old and immediately developed a liking for it. She was sponsored by Hughes Software Systems. She was coached by Joshi, Argentine GM Maxim Sorokin and IM Varugheese Koshy. She has won Asian Under 14 title in the tournament held at Teheran. She also won the Commonwealth Chess title at Dundee in 1993. In the year 1994 she bagged five British titles. She ended up as the second runner up in the 38th National Women’s Premier Chess Championship at Chennai. She won bronze medal on Board 3 in the Istanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 in Turkey. She became the Asian Chess Champion in 2008.