A chess robot broke a boy’s finger at a tournament in Moscow

Sergey Lazarev said that the incident happened at the Moscow Chess Open after the boy threw himself at the robot.

“The robot broke a child’s finger, which, of course, is bad,” Lazarev said.

“The robot was rented from us, and has been exhibited in many places by specialists for a long time. Apparently, the operators overlooked some shortcomings. The child made a move, and after that you need to give the robot time to react, but the boy hurried up, the robot grabbed him. We don’t need a robot.”

The boy continued to compete at the forum after he had a cast placed on his finger, Lazarev said on Thursday. The incident happened last Tuesday.

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“The next day, the child played, finished the tournament in a cast, and the volunteers helped record the moves,” Lazarev added.

“We will coordinate our actions to understand what happened and try to help [the family] anyway we can. And the operators of the robots, apparently, will have to think about strengthening the protection so that this situation does not happen again. ”

A video posted on Baza’s Telegram channel shows the robot grabbing the boy’s finger. After a brief struggle, several bystanders help free the child’s hand and lead him away from the table.

“The robot did not like such a hurry – he grabbed the boy by the index finger and squeezed it hard. Passers-by rushed to help and pulled out the finger of the young player, but they could not avoid a fracture, ”the Baza telegram channel said in a message. in your post.

From 13 to 21 July, the Moscow Chess Open was held in the Russian capital.