10-year-old breaks world record for setting up a chessboard blindfolded

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Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A 10-year-old chess player from Malaysia broke a world record in the sport by setting up a chessboard in only 45.72 seconds while blindfolded.

Guinness World Records announced Punithamalar Rajashekar, the star player on her school chess team, is the new record-holder for the fastest time to arrange a chess set blindfolded.


Rajashekar, who started playing chess at age 5, said she studied videos of previous record-holders to study their techniques before taking on the record.

The girl is a registered member of FIDE, the International Chess Federation.

"My dad is my coach," she told Guinness World Records, "and we play together almost every day."

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