Chess Robot Breaks Finger of Child Opponent During Match

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    A chess robot broke the finger of its child opponent during a match at the Moscow Open which took place last week.

    As reported by Russian media outlets, the chess-playing robot was allegedly unsettled by the fast reactions of the seven-year-old boy during the game and grabbed his finger, breaking it.

    The president of the Moscow Chess Federation, Sergey Lazarev, told the TASS news agency:

    “The robot broke the child’s finger. This is of course bad.”

    A video of the incident made its way online and has been circulating social media, showing the android grabbing the child’s finger before 4 adults jump in to free him.

    The vice-president of the Russian Chess Federation Sergey Smagin said:

    “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. This is an extremely rare case, the first I can recall,”

    “It has performed at many opens. Apparently, children need to be warned. It happens,”

    Yikes…

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