Chess robot breaks finger of 7-year-old opponent during tournament in Moscow

A robot chess player grabbed his 7-year-old opponent’s finger and broke it during the Moscow Chess Open last week, Russian media reported on Monday.

“The robot broke the child’s finger,” Sergei Lazarev, chairman of the Moscow Chess Federation, told Russian news agency TASS. “Of course it’s bad.”

A video shared on social media shows the robot taking one of the boy’s pieces, then grabbing his finger as he tries to move. Four adults then rush in, struggling to free the boy before dragging him away from the chessboard.

Lazarev said the chess federation had rented the robot and it had appeared in many previous events without incident.

He said the boy could play again the next day and finished the tournament with his finger in a cast.