Robot grabs and breaks seven-year-old’s finger during chess match

robot breaks child's finger

A chess match between a seven-year-old boy and a chess-playing robot took an ugly turn when the latter grabbed the boy’s finger and broke it during a match at the Moscow Chess Open Tournament on July 19.

The robot had just finished its move when the boy reached across the board to grab a piece taken by the machine to make its own move, apparently in violation of safety rules. As a result, the robot squeezed the boy’s finger.

Sergey Lazarev, chairman of the Moscow Chess Federation, told the Russian news agency TASS after the incident: “The robot broke the child’s finger – this is of course bad. The robot was rented by us, it has been exhibited in many places for a long time with specialists Apparently the operators missed it The kid made a move and then we have to give the robot time to answer but the boy rushed, the robot grabbed him We have nothing to do with the robot .”

Furthermore, Sergey Smagin, vice president of the Russian Chess Federation, later confirmed to the state news agency RIA Novosti that the boy’s fingers are broken, but that he is doing well.

“The boy is fine. They put a plaster cast on the finger to heal faster. Yes, there are certain safety rules and the kid apparently broke them and when he made a move he didn’t notice that he had to wait. This is an extremely rare case, the first I can remember,” said Smagin.

The video of the incident, published on the Telegram channel of the independent Russian news site Baza, shows the seven-year-old boy struggling for several seconds to break free from the robot before a woman, followed by three men, come to his rescue and finally free him. . The video also shows the boy being led away once he breaks away from the robot. It is still unclear what caused the robot to malfunction.

According to Baza, the boy’s name is Christopher, and apparently he is one of the 30 strongest chess players in Moscow under the age of nine.

Despite the breakup, the incident did not overly traumatize Christopher, Lazarev told TASS. “The kid played the next day, finishing the tournament, and volunteers helped record the moves,” he said.

However, Christopher’s parents are planning to take legal action for which they have contacted the prosecutor’s office. “We will communicate, sort it out and try to help in any way we can,” Lazarev said.

Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin criticized the unfortunate incident for “some kind of software bug or something”, adding: “This has never happened before. There are such accidents. I wish the boy good health.”

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