Chess robot breaks seven-year-old boy’s finger

A chess robot broke a seven-year-old boy’s finger during a match at the Moscow Open, according to Russian news outlet TASS.

The match took place last week according to Sergey Lazarev, the president of the Moscow Chess Federation.

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

“The robot was rented by us, it was exhibited in many places, for a long time, with specialists,” he explained.

“The child made a gesture and after that we have to give the robot time to respond, but the boy rushed, the robot grabbed him. We have nothing to do with the robot,” said added Mr. Lazarev.

It is unclear if any safety instructions were given to the boy before playing the robot.

A video purporting to show the incident was shared on social media app Telegram.

During the video, the robotic arm – which appears to have a gripping tool at the end – appears to pinch the boy’s finger as he quickly responds to the robot’s movement.

“The child played the very next day, finished the tournament in a cast, and the volunteers helped record the moves,” Lazarev said.

The boy’s parents intend to contact the prosecutor’s office, he added, saying the Moscow Chess Federation would try to help them.

“Robot operators, apparently, will have to think about strengthening protection so that this situation does not happen again,” Lazarev said, TASS reported.