During last week’s Moscow Chess Open, a chess-playing robot broke a child player’s finger in an unusual incident.
The victim finished the tournament in a cast, according to the President of the Moscow Chess Federation, reports Tass news agency.
“The robot broke the child’s finger – this, of course, is bad. The robot was rented by us, it has been exhibited in many places, for a long time, with specialists,” Lazarev was quoted as saying in the report.
It appears that the operators were unaware of it.
The Baza Telegram channel published a video of the July 19 incident, which showed the boy’s finger being pinched by the robotic arm for several seconds before a woman and three men rush in, free him, and usher him away, according to The Guardian.
The child played the following day, finished the tournament in a cast, and volunteers assisted in recording the moves.
According to reports, the parents intend to contact the prosecutor’s office and sue the authorities.
“The robot operators, apparently, will have to think about strengthening protection so that this situation does not happen again,” the report mentioned.