Chess robot breaks finger of 7-year-old opponent after kid ‘took go too quickly’

A seven-year-old boy had his finger broken by a chess-playing robot.

The frightening incident occurred during a match at the Moscow Open last week, giving us all a taste of a world where robots rise up and fight back against their oppressive masters … or something like that.

Remarkable footage shows the child – believed to one of Russia's best young players – moving his rook (that's a 'castle' for all you unsophisticated chess-hating console-lovers out there) before his robo opponent clamps down on his hand out of nowhere.

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Several bystanders then rush in to free the youngster, yanking his crushed finger – which was later diagnosed as broken – out of the robot's clasp.

In traditionally empathetic Russian style (just a hint of sarcasm there), the authorities blamed the boy – named locally as Christopher – claiming he made his move 'too quickly'.

Sergey Smagin, vice-president of the Russian Chess Federation, told Russian outlet Baza that the robot appeared to pounce when Christopher attempted an immediate response after losing one of his pieces.

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"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," Smagin said. "This is an extremely rare case, the first I can recall … apparently, children need to be warned."

It's understood Christopher returned the next day to finish the tournament, though it's fair to assume he played a little slower this time. His parents, however, have reportedly contacted the public prosecutor's office.

"The robot broke the child's finger," Sergey Lazarev, Moscow Chess Federation President, told Tass news agency. "This is of course bad."


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