A game of chess took a violent turn at the Moscow Open when a chess-playing robot callously grabbed and broke a 7-year-old boy’s finger during a match.
The robot was reportedly unsettled by the fast responses of his opponent, according to Russian media outlets. The incident took place last week at the Moscow Open.
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On video - a chess robot breaks a kid's finger at Moscow Chess Open today. pic.twitter.com/bIGIbHztar
As maintained by the Moscow Chess Federation president, Sergey Lazarev, the robot has played many matches before without being unsettled. “The robot broke the child’s finger. This is of course bad,” the president of the Moscow Chess Federation, Sergey Lazarev said.
A video footage shared by the Baza Telegram channel displays how the robotic arm grabbed the minor boy’s finger for several seconds before the public came in for help.
They released the 7-year-old and took him away.
Terming it an “extremely rare” incident, the vice-president of the Russian Chess Federation, Sergey Smagin, said that this is one of the first cases that he can remember.
“The robot appeared to pounce after it took one of the boy’s pieces. Rather than waiting for the machine to complete its move, the boy opted for a quick riposte, Sergey Smagin said.
Sergey Smagin added that the seven-year-old boy seemingly breached some of the rules. “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,” Smagin added.
As per a report by the Baza Telegram channel, the 7-year-old boy is identified as Christopher and he is among the 30 best chess players in Moscow in the under-nines category.
Because of the incident, the boy got his finger fractured, the report by Baza added.
However, the child was not disconcerted by the episode and played a match the very next day following the incident, said Sergey Lazarev.
“The child played the very next day, finished the tournament, and volunteers helped to record the moves,” Lazarev told Tass.
While Christopher may not be as disturbed as he should be, his parents have allegedly approached the public prosecutor.
“We will communicate, figure it out and try to help in any way we can. The incident was a coincidence and the robot was absolutely safe,” the vice-president of the Russian Chess Federation said.
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