A chess-playing robot is accused of attacking a seven-year-old boy and breaking his finger during a game in Moscow.
The incident was caught on video during a match at the Moscow Open on Tuesday.
Footage released by the Baza Telegram channel shows the boy in pain as the robot presses his finger for several seconds mid-game.
Several onlookers can be seen rushing in to stop the incident, freeing the boy from the robot’s clutches and removing him from the scene.
“The robot broke the child’s finger,” Sergey Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, told the Russian state news agency TASS.
“Of course that’s bad.”
There have been conflicting reports as to how the robot ended up hurting the boy, referred to as Christopher in Russian media reports.
Although it is possible that the incident was an unfortunate accident, chess officials have other theories.
Sergey Smagin, vice-president of the Russian Chess Federation, claimed the robot attacked after its human opponent failed to wait for it to finish its move.
“There are certain safety rules and the child appears to have broken them. When he made his move, he didn’t realize he had to wait first,” Smagin said.
“This is an extremely rare case, the first I can recall.”
Meanwhile, Mr Lazarev claimed his robot grabbed the boy after he moved and then “hurried” the robot without giving it “time to respond”.
According to a report by the Russian state news agency TASS, the machine had been used in previous chess tournaments and had no problems before.
The “unique” machine can play multiple games at the same time and had already completed three chess games when it reached Christopher.
The boy’s broken finger was placed in a plaster cast. He didn’t seem too shaken by the incident and competed again the next day.
“The kid played the very next day, finished the tournament, and volunteers helped record the moves,” Mr. Lazarev said.
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