SHEESH: Russian chess robot nearly rips the finger off its 7-year-old opponent
· Jul 25, 2022 ·

A seven-year-old Russian boy's finger was scratched and fractured by a Chess-playing robot last week Tuesday after the boy did not wait long enough for the robot to complete an action before beginning his own turn.

From WaPo:

Both officials, in comments to a pair of state news agencies translated from Russian, appeared to place at least some of the blame for the incident on the boy.

"The child made a move, and after that we need to give time for the robot to answer, but the boy hurried, the robot grabbed him," Sergey Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, told TASS. "We have nothing to do with the robot."

Sergey Smagin, Vice President of the Chess Federation of Russia said the boy is "all right." He also insisted the robot is "absolutely safe."

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.

Is this how the robot wars begin?

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