Chess robot breaks seven-year-old’s finger

The robot broke the child’s finger during tournament in Russia

The incident happened at the Moscow Chess Open, where the robot was hired to play competitors.

Video of the incident ( in Last Slide ) shows a standard industrial robot arm customized to move pieces on three chess boards simultaneously.

“The robot broke the child’s finger. This, of course, is bad,” -  Sergey Lazarev, President of the Moscow Chess Federation

This sort of blind collision has been the cause of many robot fatalities.

The first such incident is generally have taken place in 1979, when Ford factory worker Robert Williams was crushed by a robot arm.

“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,” Sergey Smagin [VP RCF]

However, it’s more accurate to say that the robot’s designers violated safety rules by creating a machine that could inadvertently hurt humans.

Although footage of the incident is distressing, according to Lazarev the child was soon recovered enough to continue to play.