Watch: Seven-year-old’s finger broken by chess robot

Date:25 July 2022 Author: Juandre

According to Russian news agencies, a robot fractured a seven-year-old boy’s finger during a chess tournament in Moscow last week.
According to Sergey Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, “the robot broke the child’s finger. “Of course, this is bad.”

The robot is seen grabbing one of the boy’s pieces in a video that was posted on social media. The robot then grabs the boy’s finger when he makes a further maneuver.
The youngster is eventually rescued and led away when four adults came to his aid.  According to Mr. Lazarev, the system had successfully completed a large number of prior games.

The robot looked to pounce after taking one of the boy’s pieces, according to Sergey Smagin, vice-president of the Russian Chess Federation, who spoke to Baza. The child chose a rapid riposte rather than waiting for the machine to finish its maneuver, according to

“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 told reporters. “This is an extremely rare case, the first I can recall,” he said.

The child “made a move, and after that we need to allow the robot time to answer, but the boy hurried and the robot grabbed him,” according to Lazarev, who offered a slightly different version of events. In either case, he declared, the robot’s manufacturers would “had to think again”, according to

Watch the footage below but be advised that it might be unsettling to sensitive viewers:


According to Tass, the boy was able to complete the tournament’s final days while wearing a cast.



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