Tania (centre) at play
is an Asian under-12 champion (twice - 1997, 1998) and has also been
placed 7th in the world championship level, apart from the
many tournaments she has won. She has recently become the first IWM
(International Woman Master) from
Ravichandran, who writes Letter from India
and a column under Internet and
New Media, for South Asian Outlook e-Monthly, introduces Tania as
one of the sensations of G. B. Joshi, a coach in Delhi, and old
acquaintance of his who has "created more name for himself as a
coach than perhaps, as a player. Of course as a player, too, he was
quite a handful but as a coach he has really flowered to produce one of
the brightest stars of Delhi, Tania."
is an interview with Tania held via email by J. V. Ravichandran.
Which school, which class are you in and how do you tackle school
pressures ? Or, are you exempted from the normal education requirements
I am from Modern school, Vasant Vihar. I am studying in class 11th now.
My school is really very helpful as they let me miss my exams, classes,
lectures and assignments. My principal, Mrs. Malhotra and all the other
teachers are very encouraging and co-operative. Thus, I am able to
totally concentrate on the game without any pressure of studying.
My idol......hmmmmmm......I guess it would have to be Vishwanathan
Anand. I admire him not only for his great style of play but also for
the fact that he is such a wonderful person and is not at all snobbish
and yet he is such a great player!!!
I require 2 more WGM norms to complete the title.
In India there is a lot of competition. Thus, I wouldn’t say any
particular name. I think all of them are really strong especially
players from the south.
Chess in Delhi has only recently picked up. In Delhi there are mainly
senior players .....many of them in fact. However there are very few in
the age group but now, the DCA (Delhi Chess Association) is making much effort to improve this and
things have been improving a few yrs back there would be only 15
children participating in an age group tournament. However, today there
are more than 50. But there are many strong senior players in Delhi who
are known players.
I want to become a WGM as soon as I can. Once I am a WGM I will be able
to play many tournaments as official entry. Only after I become a WGM
will I set further goals for myself.
In an open tournament I cannot answer that question as right now the
reason why I play open tournaments is to get my norm and gain more
experience and not for ranking.
It is only because of the support offered by Hughes that I have reached
here. They are very, very encouraging and support me completely. They
cover all expenses related to the game. For the growth of chess in India
it is very important for more sponsors like Hughes to come forward.
There is so much talent in India but due to financial problems it goes
It is very true that there is not much chess happening in Delhi.
However, things are changing for the better.....thanx to the new DCA
committee more tournaments are being held and more media exposure is
being given. Ideally speaking Delhi should hold at least 4 to 5
important tournaments for the growth of game.
I have many, many hobbies but if I had to name things I love doing most
it would be dancing and listening to music and reading books and of
course playing with my dogs and going out with friends for a movie or
just going out with them and troubling my brother sisters and
........yeah I guess these are my favourite!!!!!!