Russian AI chess robot breaks 7-year-old boy’s finger during Moscow Open
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A 7-year-old boy suffered an injured finger after an AI robot went rogue during a chess tournament in Russia.
The incident occurred during the Moscow Open, where a child named Christopher was playing against a robotic arm.
When reacting to one of the robot's moves, Christopher moved too quickly for it to register, leading to it gripping his hand with its claws instead of a chess piece.
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The vice president of the Chess Federation of Russia, Sergey Smagin, said: "The boy is all right. They put a plaster cast on the finger to heal faster.
"Yes, there are certain safety rules and the child, apparently, violated them and, when he made a move, did not notice that he had to wait. This is an extremely rare case, the first I can recall."
Russian news outlet Baza uploaded a video of the incident, where Christopher appeared to have his finger trapped by the robot's hand for a few seconds, before a group of adults rushed to intervene.
They said: "The robot did not like such a hurry —he grabbed the boy's index finger and squeezed it hard."
"The people around rushed to help and pulled out the finger of the young player, but the fracture could not be avoided."
Baza reported that the child's finger was fractured and scratched.
Moscow Chess Federation President Sergey Lazarev said: “A robot broke a child’s finger – that’s bad, of course.
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"We rented the robot, it used to be with experts in many places for a long time. Apparently the operators overlooked that.
"The child moved the figure, then the robot must be given time to react. But the boy was in a hurry and the robot grabbed him.
"We have nothing to do with the robot,”
“The kid continued the tournament the next day, finished it in plaster.”
Christopher's parents are said to have contacted the public prosecutor's office.
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