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Occasionally, we kid about the so-called robot uprising that will one day render all human beings obsolete. I’m starting to think we should stop kidding about it after a recent incident in Moscow.

According to The Guardian, one of the 30 best chess players in the “Under 9” category in Russia had his finger broken by a robot he was playing against. The seven-year-old boy reportedly tried to make move his chess piece too quickly after the robot had made its own move. That’s when the robot grabbed the boy’s finger, clamped down, and broke it.

Sergey Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, said the boy apparently rushed to move before the robot was ready. Lazarev explained that the young chess player “made a move, and after that we need to give time for the robot to answer, but the boy hurried, and the robot grabbed him.”

Adults rushed in to help free the boy’s hand and, by all accounts, the kid is fine. However, I’m guessing he may only want to play chess against other humans from here on out. How could you blame him?

A representative of the company that makes the robot says the incident was “a coincidence” and the robot is “absolutely safe.” Mmm-hmm. I shudder to think what would have happened if the boy also owed the robot money. You can see video of the incident HERE.