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Chess robot breaks boy's finger during tournament

By T.K. Randall
July 28, 2022 · Comment icon 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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Comment icon #1 Posted by joc 1 year ago
See, this is why I don't listen to the media.   1. The robot had no idea what it was doing. 2. Robots don't get 'unsettled'.  Here we are again, creating a mythical entity...just as we created God and implanted our feelings and emotions into him...we are now doing the same thing with robots.  Robots don't 'feel'...they don't 'think'...they have no emotions.  They have no dopamine.  Geez! 3. The boy moved  fast and the robot moved faster.  End of story.  Interesting though!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Brandonchpr 1 year ago
Cheaters never win. And now they know. Robot justice.
Comment icon #3 Posted by jethrofloyd 1 year ago
That's because off a robot was probably the Ukrainian.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Portre 1 year ago
"Let the Wookie win"
Comment icon #5 Posted by Nnicolette 1 year ago
I agree joc, they talk about the AI like an animal. Like it got frightened by his quick movement and reacted that way. I think they mean he just put his hand up there before it was done clearing the board and got mistaken for a fallen piece, but it definitely doesnt sound that way.
Comment icon #6 Posted by TheFightingHellkitties 1 year ago
I ?? A.I.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Skulduggery 1 year ago
This would make an epic origin story for some kind of chess superhero.
Comment icon #8 Posted by HSlim 1 year ago
And what did you learn, boy?

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