A chess robot broke a seven-year-old boy's finger during a match at the Moscow Open.
A video shared on social media shows the robot taking one of the boy's pieces. The boy then makes his own move, and the robot grabs his finger. Four adults rush to help the boy, who is eventually freed and ushered away.
“The robot broke the child’s finger,” Sergey Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, told the TASS news agency after the incident, “This is of course bad.”
"The robot was rented by us, it has been exhibited in many places by specialists for a long time. Apparently, the operators overlooked some flaws. The child made a move, and after that it is necessary to give time for the robot to respond, but the boy hurried, the robot grabbed him.The child played the next day, finished the tournament in a plaster cast, and volunteers helped to record the moves," Lazarev added.
The Telegram post from Baza News identified the boy as Christopher and said he is one of the top 30 chess players in Moscow under the age of 9.
The boy's parents intend to contact the prosecutor's office, he added, saying the Moscow Chess Federation would try to help them. "The robot operators, apparently, will have to think about strengthening protection so that this situation does not happen again," Mr Lazarev said, TASS reported.
A Russian grandmaster, Sergey Karjakin, said the incident was no doubt due to “some kind of software error or something”, adding: “This has never happened before. There are such accidents. I wish the boy good health.”