A robot breaks the finger of a 7-year-old chess player during a tournament in Moscow
Chess is known worldwide as the thinking man’s game. It usually requires silence, concentration, endurance, foresight and patience. One thing not usually involved in chess is physical harm or violence. It turns out that’s not always the case.
During a chess tournament held in Moscow, Russia, a robot was playing against three people at the same time. One of his opponents was a seven-year-old boy who apparently acted too quickly. That’s when the robot struck.
There is no violence in chess, they said.
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The robot bent down to make its move, got trapped and broke the child’s finger. Adults can be seen rushing to help the young boy and free him from the machine.
According to officials from the Moscow Chess Federation, according to The Washington Post, the child continued to play in the event once his finger was placed in a cast.
“The child made a gesture, and after that we have to give the robot time to respond, but the boy rushed, the robot caught him,” said Sergey Lazarev, president of the Chess Federation from Moscow. “We have nothing to do with the robot… The robot broke the child’s finger – this, of course, is bad… The robot was rented by us, it was exhibited in many places, for a long time, with specialists.”
The robot in question would be used for 15 years. The victim was described as one of the top 30 Russian chess players under the age of nine. It has long been known how seriously chess is taken in Russia. Thus, the fact that a robot plays against three children does not surprise as much.