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Updated: November 23, 2013 09:39 IST

Living her dream, off the board too

P. K. Ajith Kumar
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International Master Tania Sachdev from New Delhi was one of the commentators at the world chess championship. Photo: R. Ragu
The Hindu International Master Tania Sachdev from New Delhi was one of the commentators at the world chess championship. Photo: R. Ragu

Tania Sachdev is no stranger to the camera. But never before has she been photographed as much as over the past couple of weeks in the city.

International Master Tania was one of the commentators at the world chess championship that came to an end on Friday.

“Though I have often been recognised in public in the past, nothing like this has happened to me ever,” says Tania.

“For me, it has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience as a commentator on television,” she says. In a way, it was dream come true for the former Asian women’s champion.

“It has been one of my ambitions to be a television anchor,” says the New Delhi-based champion. “That I could do chess on television made it even more special.”

Tania admits she was a bit nervous on day one. “I wasn’t expecting to be part of the commentary team for such a huge match as this,” she says. “But I guess the nerves disappeared after the first day. And I could team up well with Lawrence Trent, with whom I shared the microphone.”

She says she tried to keep it simple, without going too deep into analysis. “I wanted to engage with people who are not too seriously into chess,” she says. “You have to remember that it is not just professional players you are talking to when the broadcast is for a large audience. It was nice to be part of a fine commentary team that also included Grandmasters R.B. Ramesh and Susan Polgar. The feedback has been tremendous, especially on Twitter,” she says.

Tania is of course disappointed that Viswanathan Anand lost the title. “I was so distressed to see him lose the ninth game,” she says.

“I was hoping he would win it and come right back into the match. But, he has been a great champion, a great inspiration for all of us,” she says.

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Well Tania like you we too enjoyed your commentary on television. Your quintessential of commentary is surely in a landmark of women's chess players in India coming in the forefront of the most renounced chess fiesta of the world. You are truely a gem Tania. You not only got a great a chess brain and breathtaking looks but the way you present yourself to the world is also awesome. Girl you surely have a great future, all as a chess player, commentator and also a fashion model. Chess truely needs characters like you and Magnus to add a pinch of glamor to the otherwise dull mathematical calculations on the board. We are proud of you Tania and hope that you continue to perform in this manner. BEST OF LUCK. Keep it on Tania, atta girl, way 2 go.

from:  Amlandeep Bhattacharya
Posted on: Nov 24, 2013 at 18:52 IST
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