In a bizarre incident, a chess-playing robot broke a child player’s finger during the Moscow Chess Open that was organised last week.
Avideo shared online shows the machine taking one of the seven-year-old boy’s pieces. He then makes his own move, and the robot grabs his finger. Four adults rush to help the boy, who is eventually freed and ushered away, the clip showed. Sergey Lazarev, Moscow
Chess Federation president, said: “The robot broke the child’s finger. This is, of course, bad. ” Lazarev added that the machine has played many previous matches without incident. “The robot was rented by us, it has been exhibited in many places, for a long time, with specialists,” Lazarev was quoted as saying by Tass news agency. “The child made a move, and after that it is necessary to give time for the robot to respond, but the boy hurried, the robot grabbed him. ” The boy was reportedly able to finish the final days of the tournament while wearing a cast. “The child played the next day, finished the tournament in a cast, and volunteers helped to record the moves,” Lazarev added.
The video of the July 19 incident was published by the Baza Telegram channel, Guardian reported. According to reports, the parents want to contact the prosecutor’s office and take action against the authorities.