Chess requires patient intellectual effort, calm concentration, and strategic thought. Usually, violence is not a component. This was not the case, however, when a chess-playing robot broke a 7-year-old’s finger.
During a game last week in Russia, a chess robot fractured a 7-year-old boy’s finger.
A video of the event that was shared on social media depicts the robot playing the young victim while it is engaged in three bouts against different opponents at once. In an attempt to move one of his pieces, the child reaches out, but the robot snatches his finger. However, after clutching the finger, the robot did not appear to twist violently or make any additional movements.
Shortly after the accident, many adults barged in and released the boy’s hand.
After the event, Sergey Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, informed the TASS news agency that “The robot broke the child’s finger,” “This is of course bad.”
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“The robot was rented by us, it has been exhibited in many places, for a long time, with specialists. Apparently, the operators overlooked it. The child made a move, and after that we need to give time for the robot to answer, but the boy hurried, the robot grabbed him. We have nothing to do with the robot,” Lazarev continued.
The youngster was also to held liable for the incident, according to Sergey Smagin, vice-president of the Russian Chess Federation, who spoke to The Guardian.
“There are certain safety rules and the child, apparently, violated them. When he made his move, he did not realize he first had to wait,” Smagin said. “This is an extremely rare case, the first I can recall,” he added.
The child, according to Lazarev, seemed unfazed by the incident and returned to play chess the following day while wearing a cast on his finger.