A Chess-playing Robot Broke a Seven-year-old Finger

Chess playing robot

Chess is one of the most ancient and popular strategic board games. Players are focused and calm while playing, thus there is little risk of violence occurring, but perhaps not with robots.

According to The Guardian, a Playing Chess Robot, seemingly unsettled by its opponent’s quick responses, a 7-year-old child, the robot grabbed and shattered the kid’s finger during the match in the Moscow Open.

The incident video, which depicts how a robot fractured the child’s finger, was shared by the Baza Telegram channel.

Sergey Smagin, vice-president of the Russian Chess Federation stated that: 

“There are certain safety rules and the child, apparently, violated them. When he made his move, he did not realize he first had to wait,” and also said:
“This is an extremely rare case, the first I can recall,”

The Russian Chess Federation confirmed that the kid was able to play the next day and finish the competition as one of the best players.

They added that Chess Robot “ has performed at many opens. Apparently, children need to be warned. It happens.”

I believe it is reasonable to assume that regardless of how fast or sluggish the kids’ responses are during the match, the robotic company should always consider opponent safety, making the robot not to touch anything on the board as long as human opponents’ hands are obviously visible on the chess board.