Marca Sport Weekend: King Enigma, check the masters

dowhat’s the riddle of Riddle Kingthe unknown chess participant of whom solely eight individuals know his id -including his parents-, who has confronted Karpov, Nakamura and Vachier Lagrave and was one of many protagonists of the Got Talent closing? Mysteries and extra mysteries of somebody who has 1.2 million followers on TikTookay (Carlsen 775,000 on Instagram) who was born to most of the people when the sequence Queen’s Gambit was a mass phenomenon and popularized chess to ranges worthy of a Fischer-Spassky or Kasparov-Karpov. The black and white masked man might be one of many protagonists of MARCA Sport Weekendand along with Grand Master Pepe Cuenca and David Martínez -the Ibai Llanos of chess- he’ll give a simultaneous session in Malaga on Saturday June 11.

Curiosity, in line with the biblical panorama, turned Lot’s spouse right into a pillar of salt, however to stop anybody from guessing her id, she takes all types of precautions and makes use of a inflexible protocol: she makes use of a voice distorter, she doesn’t keep in accommodations town to which he travels, and wears clothes that covers his total physique, together with his fingers, in order to not go away fingerprints and stop them from taking DNA samples. So far nobody has managed to unravel the thriller, though many personalities have been attributed to it. What if David Antón, Pepe Cuenca or Roi Reinaldo, what if he was a Latin American participant, what if… On YouTube there are various movies with analyzes worthy of the very best Sherlock Holmes and his devoted assistant Watson.

The solely factor that’s recognized about Rey Enigma is that he’s underneath 40 years outdated., single, and who labored within the advertising and promoting sector till a couple of months in the past he left every part to dedicate himself completely to chess. He discovered the strikes when he was 5 years outdated, he’s an professional in video games of lower than 5 minutes and his stage of play on on-line platforms is near 2,700 Elo.

It started its journey within the Retiro Park in Madrid, in December 2020, dealing with any fan who needed to problem him. To make the sport extra thrilling, if somebody beat him – no one did – he gained a prize of 100 euros. Little by little, his reputation elevated and he deserved the eye of packages comparable to Zapeando, Telediario 1 or sports activities on Antena 3. The first time he misplaced a recreation was in Pamplona and since then there are few events by which his king has bowed.

The summer season warmth is among the sensible issues he has to take care of, and his clothes is designed to be barely translucent so he can drink liquids. The most uncomfortable state of affairs he has skilled has been when a few of his finest associates have proven him movies of King Enigma and have been giving their opinion about it with out realizing it was him. A double life that compensates with the good help he has obtained from the chess neighborhood.

Rey Enigma additionally has goals, and considered one of them, though unattainable at the moment, is that the Spanish Chess Federation or the International Federation let him take part anonymously in some official competitors. For now, it will likely be as much as him to proceed demonstrating his expertise subsequent June on the MSW in Malaga.

The Turk and the shadow of Bobby Fischer, a number of the precedents

The mysterious precedents of King Enigma in time are the automaton The Turk (1769-1854) by Von Kempelen and an nameless on-line participant who, attributable to his stage, in line with the Grand Master Nigel Short, could possibly be the American champion bobby fischerdisappeared from public life in 1975.

The Turk, a model wearing a tunic and turban on a wood field, hid in its construction with an optical phantasm created with mirrors an excellent participant who moved the chess items by means of an inner system of pulleys. First offered on the court docket of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria in 1770, defeated Napoleon Bonaparte in 1809 in a recreation that’s preserved and by which the automaton threw the items on the emperor after he tried to cheat him and to Edgar Allan Poe in 1836. After touring by means of Europe and America, he ended up on the Peale Museum in Philadelphia the place one afternoon in 1854 he ended his days consumed by fireplace as an auto de fe of the Inquisition.

Short, world runner-up, misplaced 8-0!!! in an internet match in 2000 with a participant he referred to as the very best he had ever confronted in his life. The American idioms utilized by his enigmatic rival and the solutions to the trick questions he requested led the English chess participant to guarantee that he was Bobby Fischer. The thriller was by no means resolved because it was neither confirmed nor denied by the legendary participant who died in 2008.

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