Russian chess robot breaks child’s finger during game in Moscow

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A chess robot broke a 7-year-old boy’s finger during a match at the Moscow Chess Open last week.

Footage of the incident shows the robot, with its large mechanical arm, playing three simultaneous matches against various opponents. An opponent, the boy, reaches out to move one of his pieces and the robot grabs his finger. However, the robot did not appear to make any severe twisting or other movements after grabbing the finger.

Several adults rushed in shortly after the incident and freed the boy’s hand.

“The robot broke the child’s finger,” Moscow Chess Federation President Sergei Lazarev told Russian media. “It is, of course, bad.”

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FILE - Sergey Karjakin of Russia moves during his match with Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the fifth round of the 2016 World Chess Championship in New York, November 17, 2016. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)
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“The robot was rented by us, it was exhibited in many places, for a long time, with specialists. Apparently, the operators ignored it. The child made a move, and after that we have to leave the time for the robot to respond, but the boy rushed over, the robot grabbed him. We have nothing to do with the robot,” Lazarev said.

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It is unknown who made the robot and the identity of the boy has not been revealed.

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