As the coronavirus-enforced lockdown extended into weeks, and then stretched into months, a robot became Sathiyan Gnanasekaran’s closest friend and ultimate rival.

For nearly four months, Sathiyan played against just the Butterfly Amicus Prime — a pared-down apparatus rather than a full-scale humanised robot — at home as the lockdown prevented training against a human competitor.

“It was fun in the first-month training against a robot. Then it got boring,” Sathiyan told Firstpost in September. “You don’t feel that connect!” For Sathiyan, the boredom also arose from being cooped up in the house for months at a time.

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