A 10-year-old from Malaysia, Punithamalar Rajashekar, astounded onlookers by setting a record, arranging a chessboard blindfolded in a mere 45.72 seconds. The impressive feat occurred at her school, with her parents and school authorities as witnesses.
“My dad, who is also my coach, and I play chess almost daily,” said the young prodigy. This achievement wasn’t just for personal pride; Punithamalar hopes her success inspires others. Chasing a world record struck her after watching a documentary on outstanding achievements. She shared, “The stories of people stretching their potential inspired me to push my boundaries.”
Apart from her recent record, Punithamalar is a distinguished chess player, starting at five. Recognized as the top player in her school, she’s represented them in district competitions and actively participates in national tournaments as a FIDE (International Chess Federation) member.
Having showcased her talent in events like Malaysia’s Kids Got Talent, she wanted to achieve even more. “After discussing with my family, we decided that breaking this record would be the next step,” she revealed.
Beyond chess, she’s passionate about math and dreams of becoming a space scientist. The Guinness World Records acknowledged her talents, noting awards she’s received, including Asia’s Outstanding Child Award of the Year 2022-2023.