A 7-year-old chess player’s robot has broken his finger at the Moscow Chess Open, played in Moscow from July 13 to 21. A child competing in the youth league of the Moscow Chess Federation had a piece taken by a robot and rushed to make his next move.
Apparently this was against the security rules. As Russian news network TASS reports, the robot, either not finishing moving, or misreading the position, went inside and crushed its finger, causing a fracture. (opens in new tab) The kid was able to finish the final few days of the tournament as a performer, but his parents are reportedly contacting the local prosecutor’s office to file charges.
Video of the incident in question, from inside the venue, was obtained by Russian-language news Telegram channel Baja (opens in new tab) and has since been broadcast Twitter. (Opens in new tab) In this, the player moves his piece before the robot has finished its motion, apparently with his finger stuck. Bystanders run to help, and several of the men manage to free the boy’s hand and push him away within seconds.
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“The robot broke the child’s finger – this, of course, is bad. The robot was hired by us, it has been demonstrated in many places, for a long time, with experts. Apparently, the operators did it Ignored. The child made a move, and after that we have to give the robot time to answer, but the boy hurried, the robot caught him. We have nothing to do with the robot, “Moscow Chess Federation President Sergei Lazarev told TASS.
Sergei Smagin, a deputy of the Moscow Chess Federation, said that the robot has been playing chess for about 15 years. “This is an extremely rare case, the first in my memory,” he told RIA Novosti.
Extremely rare indeed, Sergei.