Chess Robot Ends Up Breaking Seven-Year-Old’s Finger During Competition
By Alexa Heah, 25 Jul 2022
While humans have been pitting themselves against machines for ages, this time, a chess competition in Russia didn’t end quite as planned.
Unfortunately for a seven-year-old competitor, one of the chess-playing robots at the event broke his finger during a match in Moscow.
A video of the incident showed the robot first taking one of the boy’s pieces, before grabbing his finger when he rushed to make the next move.
Adults at the scene hurried over to the boy’s aid, eventually managing to free him from the robot’s grasp.
As per the BBC, Moscow Chess Federation President Sergey Lazarev had told Tass news agency this was the first time such an incident had occurred, with the machine having played many matches without issue.
Thankfully, after being assessed by doctors and his finger placed in a cast, the boy was still able to complete the final days of the tournament following the harrowing episode.
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