Chess Robot Breaks Finger Of Child Opponent During Match

Last week a chess robot broke a child’s finger during a match at the Moscow Open. 

This news became viral when a telegram channel named Baza published a video showing the robot grabbing the child’s finger. Before a woman and three men entered and freed him from the robot’s grasp the finger was already fractured. 

According to a Russian media outlet, apparently, the chess robot was startled by the fast moves of the child and ended up grabbing his finger. 

The president of the Moscow Chess Federation, Sergey Lazarev, told the TASS news agency of the incident: “The robot broke the child’s finger. This is of course bad.”

Sergey also stated that the seven-year-old did not follow ‘certain safety rules’. In order to play the game, the opponents of the robot are advised to wait for the robot to complete its turn before making any move. 

“There are certain safety rules and the child, apparently, violated them,” Smagin commented. “When he made his move, he did not realize he first had to wait. This is an extremely rare case, the first I can recall,” 

“It has performed at many opens. Apparently, children need to be warned. It happens,” he added.

While talking about the Chess playing robot Smagin told RIA Novosti that the incident was ‘a coincidence’ and the robot is ‘absolutely safe’.

Explaining the situation he also said that after making the move the robot needs time to answer. The boy did not give him time to react while moving so fast. He also stated that this situation should not have happened and the creators of the robot are going to work on it. 

The seven-year-old has been named as one of the 30 best players in the Russian capital in the under nine age group. 

The incident did not stop the boy and after getting a cast on his finger he went on to play the next day and finished the tournament with the help of volunteers helping to record his moves.