A robot chess player breaks the finger of a 7-year-old boy during a game


A chess-playing robot broke the finger of a 7-year-old boy who was playing against each other at a recent tournament in Moscow.

According to officials from the Moscow Chess Federation, the child continued his participation in the event after his finger was placed in a cast.

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The two officials, in comments to two state news agencies translated from Russian, appeared to place at least some blame for the incident on the boy.

“The child made a move, and after that we have to give the robot time to respond, but the boy rushed, the robot grabbed him,” Federation President Sergey Lazarev told TASS. failures of Moscow. “We have nothing to do with the robot.”

“The robot broke the child’s finger – this, of course, is bad,” Lazarev added. “The robot was rented by us, it was exhibited in many places, for a long time, with specialists.”

“It happens, a coincidence. It is necessary, apparently, to warn the children additionally,” vice-president of the federation Sergey Smagin told RIA Novosti. “It’s extremely strange that it happened, but it happened, it happens.”

Baza, a Russian online media outlet, reported that the robot “grabbed the boy’s index finger and squeezed it hard.” Tournament staff members rushed to help him free himself from the robot’s grip.

At the time, the robot was playing a game of chess against three children at a time. Baza described the victim as one of Moscow’s “30 strongest chess players” under the age of 9.

The child’s parents “want to contact the prosecutor’s office,” said Lazarev, who said his organization would try to help the family.

The robot was familiar to chess officials, having been in use, according to Smagin, for around 15 years. He added that, as far as he remembers, this was the first time such a thing had happened.

Smagin said there was no talk of banning the robot, but he and Lazarev suggested its operators review updated security measures.

“It will be necessary to analyze why this happened,” Smagin said in Russian. “The robot has a very talented inventor. It may be necessary to install an additional protection system.

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