Chess robot breaks the fingers of a 7-year-old boy

During the Moscow Open chess tournament, a 7-year-old boy had his finger broken by a chess-playing robot.

The boy, identified as “Christopher,” moved the piece before the robot had finished moving, resulting in it grabbing his finger and snapping it. The tournament noted that for safety reasons, players must give the robots time to complete their moves.

“The boy is fine. They put a cast on his finger to help it heal faster. Yes, there are certain safety rules and the kid apparently broke them and when he moved didn’t realize he had to wait. This is an extremely rare case, the first I can remember,” said Russian Chess Federation vice-president Sergey Smagin, according to the Guardian.

The boy was able to finish the tournament with his finger in a cast, but his parents are reportedly contacting local prosecutors to press charges.

The video of the incident was first published by the Baza Telegram channel, which also published his name. Baza said he was one of the top 30 chess players in Moscow in the under-nine category.

Sergey Lazarev, the president of the Moscow Chess Federation, acknowledged that the incident was worrying, but that the chess federation had “nothing to do” with what the robot is doing.

“The robot broke the child’s finger – this is bad, of course. The robot was rented from us, it was exhibited in many places with specialists for a long time. Apparently, the operators overlooked it. The child made a move, and after that had to we give the robot time to answer, but the boy hurried, the robot grabbed him. We have nothing to do with the robot,” Lazarev told Tass News, a local news outlet. Chess robot breaks the fingers of a 7-year-old boy

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