This week’s guest is well known chess competitor, presenter and Red Bull Athlete, IM Tania Sachdev. Check the timestamps below for discussion topics. 👇👇
0:00- Introduction and discussion of what to watch for and who is playing at the upcoming Gibraltar Chess Festival, where Tania, along with GM Simon Williams and IM Jovanka Houska, will be a part of the announcing team. We also talk about the 2017 controversy at Gibraltar involving former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan.
14:45- We segue into the schedule of upcoming tournaments in which Tania plans to compete These include the India Team Championship, and the Reykjavik Open The interview Tania mentions, which she conducted with GM Boris Gelfand at the 2018 Gibraltar Chess Festival, can be viewed here. Tania mentions that she always studies Mark Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual before a tournament. She also recommends the books Positional Play, and Thinking Inside the Box, both of which are part of the Grandmaster Preparation Series by GM Jacob Aagaard.
23:26- What was it like to train with renowned trainer GM Jacob Aagaard? Tania tells a great story regarding the memorable advice GM Aagaard gave her as she struggled to keep up with stronger players at a training camp.
30:33- Actionable advice for chess players looking to improve. Tania emphasizes that remembering GM Aagaard’s fabled 3 questions when playing helped her game immeasurably. (The 3 questions are: What is your worst place piece? What is my opponent intending? What is your opponent’s weakness?)
33:50- How did Tania became a representative of Red Bull India, and what is the nature of her role as a Red Bull athlete?
37:50- How are things changing for women in Chess within her native India?
41:00- Tania discusses how she spends her time away from the board when at home in Delhi.
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