In a shocking turn of events, a chess-playing robot broke a seven-year-old boy’s finger during a tournament in Moscow, Russia, after the kid swiftly made his move without taking the necessary pause for the machine to complete its action. The incident took place on July 19, at the Moscow Chess Open tournament.
According to several reports, the boy is fine but his finger is fractured and he is going through required medical treatment. The vice president of the Chess Federation of Russia, Sergey Smagin informed the local media that plaster has been placed on the finger to heal the kid’s injury.
“There are certain safety rules and the child, apparently, violated them and which he had a move, did not notice that he had to wait. This is an extremely rare case, the first I can recall,” said Smagin. The video of the incident has since then gone viral on the internet which clearly shows the kid’s fingers trapped by the robot for a few seconds before other officials rushed to rescue the kid. A couple of officers intervened and managed to free the boy’s finger from the robot’s hold.
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On video – a chess robot breaks a kid's finger at Moscow Chess Open today. pic.twitter.com/bIGIbHztar
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“The robot did not like such a hurry —he grabbed the boy’s index finger and squeezed it hard,” said the local media report. Meanwhile, local media has reported that the child’s parents have decided to contact the Moscow prosecutor’s office. But the officials have stated that the chess federation will sort it out and try to help in any way they can.
“Although, we provided medial aide to the boy and tried to give him necessary treatment but the fracture could not be rescued,” said the local media. As per State-tv-Baza, the boy is identified as Christopher and he is amongst the best 30 strongest chess players in Moscow up to nine years old.