A Chess-Playing Robot Broke its Seven-year-old Opponent’s Finger [Video]

A chess robot unintentionally broke the finger of its seven-year-old opponent during a Moscow event, according to The Guardian, in a scene straight out of Queen’s Gambit and Black Mirror.

The kid may have moved his piece too quickly because the robot grabbed and squeezed his finger, breaking it before help could get there. According to Sergey Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, “the robot broke the child’s finger.” “Of course, this is horrible.”

A group of people arrives to rescue the youngster as the robot is shown gripping his finger and holding it for a number of seconds in the video.

What went wrong is unclear, but according to Lazarev, the youngster “made a move, and after that, we needed to allow the robot time to respond, but the boy hurried and the robot grabbed him.” He said that the manufacturers of the robot could need to improve the safety features, stating that they “are going to have to think again.”

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The little player, named Christopher, continued to compete the following day and finished the competition. But according to reports, his parents have been in touch with the public defender’s office. Sergey Smagin, a Russian chess authority, downplayed the occurrence, calling it “a coincidence” and asserting that the device was “completely safe.”

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