Chess-playing robot breaks 7-year-old’s finger during match in Russia (video)

Horrible news happened when a chess playing robot broke the finger of a poor 7-year-old boy during a chess match. The incident happened during a Moscow tournament and has made waves all over the news once the video came out.


“The robot broke the child’s finger — this, of course, is bad,” Sergey Lazarev, the president of the Moscow Chess Federation, explained during his interview with the Tass agency. 

The artificial intelligence robot was rushed by the youngster, which led to the accident. Video of the incident quickly gained popularity on social media. It was originally posted by Baza News, a local media outlet.

The video shows the robot reaching out and seizing one of the boy’s chess pieces before hurriedly removing it from the board. The child made one more move and pushed one of his chess pieces into the location of the just-taken piece before the robot’s arm retracted.

The mechanical claws then return to the board, but this time they grab the boy’s index finger rather than a chess piece. The robot is shown holding the boy’s finger for at least 15 seconds in the video until two spectators were able to pry open the robot’s hands and free the child.

“The child made a move, and after that it is necessary to give time for the robot’s response, but the boy hurried, the robot grabbed him,” Lazarev told Tass.  He stated that despite having a cast on his finger, the youngster kept competing in the tournament.

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Lazarov went on to explain that the boy’s parents were eager to get in touch with the prosecutor’s office: “We will communicate, try to sort it out and help in any way we can. And the robot operators, apparently, will have to think about strengthening protection so that such a situation does not happen again.”

According to Baza News, the boy’s name is Christopher, and he is one of the top thirty chess players under the age of nine in Moscow. Garry Kasparov, a famous World Chess champion from the Soviet era, tweeted “I tried to warn you!” Kasparov has some experience with robots powered by artificial intelligence. He was playing against Deep Blue, a machine developed by a team of IBM scientists. The match took place in 1997, and Kasparov was defeated.

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The strength of chess robots has only increased since Kasparov’s defeat. Researchers at Cornell University, Microsoft Research, and the University of Toronto are working on a project called Maia Chess that aims to utilize chess computers to help people improve their skills.

The incident from last week has raised some concerns about the practice.

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One Comment

  1. Sounds like a simple accident. You can’t put your hands near operating machines.

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