A chess robot grabs and breaks an opponent’s child’s finger for not following a rule
Chess is a game that forces you to think and make a strategic move. It has very little to do with muscle power because none of your organs except your brain are supposed to work while you’re playing the board game. However, things turned sour for a 7-year-old chess player when he jammed the horns with a robot during a chess battle. The robot allegedly grabbed his finger and broke it during the game.
According to a Guardian report, the chess robot unceremoniously grabbed a 7-year-old boy’s finger and broke it during a match at the Moscow Chess Open. “The robot broke the child’s finger – this, of course, is bad. We rented the robot. It was exhibited in many places, for a long time, by specialists. Apparently, the operators ignored it. The kid made a move, and after that we had to give the robot time to respond, but the boy rushed over and the robot grabbed him. We have nothing to do with the robot,” said said Sergey Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation.
The robot is conditioned to simultaneously move pieces on three chessboards. He may have mistaken the child’s finger for an object and grabbed it.
Video of the incident showed the robot grabbing the boy’s finger and being pinched by the robotic arm for several seconds. We then see two people running towards the boy, freeing him from the robot’s grip and moving him away. People monitoring the event said the boy did not wait for the machine to complete its move, but quickly made a move.
“There are certain safety rules and the child apparently violated them. When he made his move, he didn’t realize he had to wait first. This is an extremely rare case, the first I remember,” said Sergey Smagin, vice-president of the Russian Chess Federation.
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