According to Russian news outlet TASS, a chess robot broke the finger of a seven-year old boy during a match at Moscow Open.
According to Sergey Lazarev (president of the Moscow Chess Federation), the match took place last Wednesday.
“The robot broke the finger of the child.” This is, of course, bad,” stated Mr Lazarev.
He explained that the robot was rented from us and has been displayed in many locations, for a long period of time with specialists.
“The child made an action and we must give time for the robot’s response, but the boy ran, and the robot grabbed him. “We have nothing to do the robot,” Mr Lazarev said.
It is unclear if any safety instructions were given to the boy prior to playing with the robot.
Telegram shared a video purporting that it showed the incident.
The robotic arm, which appears to be equipped with a gripping device at the end, seems to grab the boy’s finger and respond quickly to the robot’s movements.
“The child played on the next day, completed the tournament in a cast and the volunteers assisted to record the moves,” stated Mr Lazarev.
He said that the boy’s parents will contact the prosecutor’s offices and that the Moscow Chess Federation will try to assist them.
According to TASS, “The robot operators will need to think about strengthening protection in order that this situation doesn’t happen again.”