Chess-playing robot breaks boy’s finger during tournament in Moscow

Sergey Lazarev said the incident happened at the Moscow Chess Open after the boy rushed the robot.

“A robot broke a child’s finger – this, of course, is bad,” Lazarev said.

“The robot was rented by us, it was exhibited in many places by specialists for a long time. Apparently, the operators overlooked some flaws. The child made a move, and after that you have to give time to the robot to answer, but the boy hurried, the robot grabbed him. We have nothing to do with the robot.

The boy continued to participate in the forum after his finger was placed in a cast, Lazarev said Thursday. The incident happened last Tuesday.

A computer faces off against a human master of the board game Go

“The kid played the next day, finished the tournament in a cast, and volunteers helped record the moves,” Lazarev added.

“We will coordinate to understand what happened and try to help [the family] in every possible way. And the robot operators, apparently, will have to think about strengthening the protection so that such a situation does not happen again.”

A video posted on the Baza Telegram channel shows the robot grabbing the boy’s finger. After a brief struggle, several passers-by help free the child’s hand and pull it away from the table.

“The robot did not like such a rush – he grabbed the boy’s index finger and squeezed it tight. Passers-by rushed to help and pulled out the young player’s finger, but the fracture did not could have been avoided,” the Baza Telegram channel said. in his post.

The Moscow Chess Open took place in the Russian capital from July 13-21.

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