Magazine article Psychology Today

Mastering Your Mental Game

Magazine article Psychology Today

Mastering Your Mental Game

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ONE QUESTION FOR TANIA SACHDEV

Tania Sachdev was introduced to chess at age 6 by her father, who barely knew how the pieces moved and used a rulebook to teach his daughter the game. Sachdev was immediately captivated and now, at 30, holds the titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster. She plays in tournaments around the world and is the third-highest-ranked female player in India, where she lives. -Jennifer bleyer

Q: HOW ARE THE QUALITIES YOU'VE DEVELOPED VIA CHESS REFLECTED IN YOUR DAILY LIFE?

I was a hyperactive kid, and chess was the only thing that kept me in place for hours. It's like a gymnasium for the brain. I found it so fun and interesting to keep control over myself and try to outsmart my opponent. The human mind always wants to go in 500 directions at once. You have to cultivate mental stamina to keep that concentration going. …

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