MOSCOW – What was supposed to be a peaceful, non-violent game of chess quickly went awry after a robot broke the finger of its 7-year-old opponent during a match at the Moscow Open last week.
In a video which was shared on Telegram by a channel named Baza, it first showed the robot and the boy battling each other out.
While the robot was putting a chess piece into a container, the boy proceeded to take his turn by moving a chess piece.
This however, didn’t seem to sit well with the robot, which suddenly grabbed the boy’s finger and started squeezing it, causing the boy to wince in pain.
Seeing that he was in trouble, the event officials quickly rushed to the boy’s aid by freeing his finger from the robot’s crushing grip.
Watch the video here:
Completed tournament with broken finger
The Guardian reported that the boy, whose name was revealed to be Christopher, later went on to finish the tournament with his finger in a plaster cast and wasn’t too scarred by the incident.
According to Sergey Smagin, vice-president of the Russian Chess Federation, the incident happened after Christopher took his turn “too quickly”, causing the robot to deem it as a “safety violation”.
There are certain safety rules and the child, apparently, violated them. When he made his move, he did not realise he first had to wait. This is an extremely rare case, the first I can recall.
He added that the boy’s parents have reportedly contacted the public prosecutor’s office but insisted thar the robot was “absolutely safe”.
“The machine had already played three matches before its encounter with Christopher and has performed at many opens. Apparently, children need to be warned. It happens,” he said.