Asian Queen Tania aims for consistency at higher level

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New Delhi, Sep 14 (UNI) She may be a rare combo of beauty and the brains, but the newly-crowned Asain champion Tania Sachdev feels consistency is an area which she has to work upon in order to achieve success at the highest level.

Tania who claimed the biggest title of her career recently, winning the gold medal at the Asian Women's Chess Championships at Tehran feels that her real weakness is lack of consistency which she has to overcome before the next year's World Championships.

''Consistency is a factor which I need to work upon if I have to put up a good show at the World Championship.

''I am working on my weaknesses. Psychological aspect is one which I have to work upon a lot to bring in consistency in my game,'' said Tania.

The Delhi chess prodigy who turned 21 a few weeks back, however, admitted that she possesses a lacklustre attitude towards yoga and meditation, considered to be integral part of the game's preparation.

''I am supposed to do a lot of yoga and meditation to increase my concentration level in the game, but surprisingly I don't do much of that,'' she admits.

Tania's coach International Master Vishal Sareen under whom she achieved stupendous success in the last 10 months also voiced similar feelings.

''Tania has to work upon her mental toughness to be consistent in the game. She grasps very well but journey ahead is tough for her.

''My job is to find out her weaknesses and strenghth,'' he said.

Though her eyes are all set on the World crown, Tania said becoming the only second Indian to win the Asian title after a gap of 16 years -- last time an Indian won the Asian title was in 1991 -- is the biggest thing that has happened in her short career till date.

''It is bigger than any other achievement in my life. I am now the No 1 in Asia. It feels really cool......,'' she said.

She also said that the national crown last December brought about huge responsibility in her young shoulders, but she was satisfied that by winning the Asian number one title, she fulfilled the expectations of her countrymen.

''National Champion tag brought huge responiblity in my shoulders but winning the Asian gold had justified my national triumph,'' ONGC and Indian Airlines-sponsored Tania said.

With this triumph, Tania, a former Asian junior girls champion, has joined the continental championship roll of honour that includes Rohini Khadilkar (1983), Anupama Gokhale (1985 and 1987), and Bhagyashree Thipsay (1991).

The victory in the Asian Championship, which also served as a qualifier for the World event, also gave her a maiden berth in the World Chess Championship to be held sometime next year, the venue for which has not been fixed.

Only top top three from Asian Championship are only entitled to represent the continent and their country in the World Championship.

''I am going to represent India for the first time in the World Championship. I just want to give my best and make my county proud,'' said Tania.

Interestingly, the reigning National Champion, who idolises Judit Polgar said it was really hard to strike a balance between academics and chess, and hopes to land up her career in newsreading after she quits the game.

''For the next four years it is going to be lots of chess. But after I am over with chess I would like to be a successful newsreader.

''People keep on asking me about a career in glamour world but I don't have any such intentions,'' Tania said.

Tania who entered the Limca Book of Records by becoming the youngest gold medal winner in an international event in 1993, is now all set to demonstrate her exploits in the upcoming Asian Indoor Games in Macau after which she will be fighting to defend her national title, followed by Commonwealth Chess Championship and the World Championship.


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