World of the Bizarre
Chess robot breaks boy's finger during tournament
By T.K. Randall
July 28, 2022 · 8 comments
Robots and chess can be a dangerous combination. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Ricardo630
The bizarre accident occurred while the robot was playing a game of chess against a 7-year-old opponent.
With AI chess players and autonomous robots playing an ever-increasing role during tournaments, it was inevitable that something would go wrong sooner or later.
Sadly, this prediction came true in disturbing fashion during the recent Moscow Open when a chess-playing robot grabbed the finger of its unsuspecting 7-year-old opponent.
Unable to release himself from the robot's grasp, the boy was able to attract the attention of two men nearby who rushed over and attempted to force the robot to let go.
They eventually managed to release the boy, however it turned out that the robot's grip had broken his finger.
According to Sergey Smagin - vice president of the Russian Chess Federation - the problem had occurred because the boy had moved too quickly after the robot had taken one of his pieces.
"The robot did not like such a hurry - he grabbed the boy's index finger and squeezed it hard," he said.
"The people around rushed to help and pulled out the finger of the young player, but the fracture could not be avoided."
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