Ray Enigma, the King of Secrets and techniques, is a participant that many chess followers are speaking about – however (virtually) nobody is aware of who he’s. Carrying his signature full-body go well with that compares him to some sort of superhero, he traveled from Spain to New York in early 2022 primarily to fulfill and play IM Levi Rosman (Gothamches), and doubtless extra. To achieve worldwide recognition.
Throughout his one week in New York, he visited well-liked locations such because the Marshall Chess Membership, the Chess Discussion board, Central Park, Instances Sq., and the Brooklyn Bridge. He shared some ideas concerning the measurement of his nascent journey and his ardour for chess, earlier than enjoying in opposition to Roseman in a blitz match, which he received 3–1.
– Worldwide Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess, 21 January 2022
The Masked Participant is considerably paradoxical: on the one hand, he takes each painstaking precaution to guard his id, however he’s charismatic and open to speaking about his actions, so long as his solutions are by no means his. Doesn’t point out true id. In New York, she traveled with two males, who had been of their late 20s or 30s, who served as her digicam crew and had been at all times behind. After I took some photos of him, he advised me to shut his eyes to ensure his face remained hidden.
The form of his ears, even, was unimaginable to determine as he appeared to have some kind of stuffing or masking beneath the masks. He spoke in a excessive pitched voice just like Nintendo’s Mario character – and sometimes makes use of a voice modulator in his movies – although not often, when he coughs or clears his throat, a really deep, virtually baritone voice. Can hear hoarse.
Regardless of his secrecy, he was extraordinarily open to speak and answered virtually each query (typically with a “it is a riddle” response). He has been posting content material for nearly a yr, however he stated that after leaving his digital advertising and marketing job in September 2021, he labored in a totally masked persona with none large expectations and he himself was shocked how rapidly it flown out.
Ray Enigma at present has over 700k followers on TikTok, together with lots of of 1000’s of followers on different main social media shops on the time of publication of this text (he stated this was the place his success actually started). He additionally began his web site with instructional chess movies.
His presence within the chess group was additional enhanced in December 2021 when he performed twelfth world champion GM Anatoly Karpov stay on tv in Spain’s Received Expertise. Curiously, he talked about that he did not know who his opponent could be till he was offered on stage—what a shock!
Errors right here and there occurred naturally throughout televised blitz video games, however the second of the crown needed to be the forty third transfer. Karpov, utterly in management, 43…Nf4 ?? 44.Re3, with a deadly dagger, would have been misplaced on the spot (see image beneath).
As a substitute, it missed as a result of each gamers had been in determined time bother and with none pay raises, and Ray Enigma reached the same hiatus the place he sadly fell right into a shocking rookie entice. Extremely, the sport was a draw as Karpov ran out of time with inadequate mating materials for his opponent.
After this sport, among the prime chess gamers bought into the hype. Amongst different well-liked streamers speculating concerning the power and id of the nameless participant, GM Hikaru Nakamura stated on his stream: “I say he cannot be a GM as a result of I feel the tactical consciousness was a bit low… There have been some tactical oversights that I felt had been somebody the GM might see,” however retreated a number of minutes later, acknowledging that the stress would have affected his sport in opposition to Karpov, and the masked participant’s remarks. He admitted from his personal play in opposition to that “the endgame he performed is significantly better than I anticipated… it is onerous to guage.” [how good he really is],
Sorry to disappoint you however I’m not Magnus Carlsen. pic.twitter.com/6l7atmt4f3
— Ray Riddle (@rey_enigma, 10 July 2021
For what it is value, he beat the writer of this text 4-0, even regardless of enjoying a gap unfamiliar to him (in order that he couldn’t be acknowledged). He has posted movies of video games with a number of chess grandmasters and personalities and talked about that he has reached out to WFM Alexandra Botez about enjoying in individual in Los Angeles. In New York, he performed Gothamches twice.
After their pleasant match ended at 2–2, they determined to rematch for $1,000. In an electronic mail, Ray Enigma graciously admitted: “Levy’s received virtually all of the video games! I used to be simply fast within the bother of timing.” They received by a rating of 3-1.
how good is that? Your guess is pretty much as good as mine, however his newest matches ought to give chess followers an idea- he is no less than a titular participant.
He answered the questions given beneath.
1. Why did you resolve to undertake this nameless id? What message do you need to convey or unfold?
I needed to do one thing completely different within the chess group. I knew there have been quite a lot of chess content material creators so I got here up with this concept to make it authentic. My intention is to convey that enjoying chess could be very enjoyable and thrilling.
2. Was there a selected purpose to your go to to New York? Will you journey to different locations after your time right here? Is that this going to be some kind of tour?
I plan to unfold chess all over the world and it was a superb alternative to return to NY whereas visiting some of the lovely cities on the earth. One of many primary causes was to fulfill Levi (Gotham Chess) in individual as a result of I’ve seen him since beginning out as Ray Enigma.
3. You have got already reached immense reputation, and rapidly. You have performed some large names like Karpov, Nakamura and now Rosman. You have got met Magnus Carlsen. What’s the subsequent step?
It was utterly unbelievable to me that in lower than a yr I might meet all these names, I’m actually grateful to them for his or her readiness to take action. Unsure about my subsequent strikes, however what I can say is that I’ll put all my efforts into bringing chess to as many locations everywhere in the world as attainable!
4. Do your family and friends know your id? If not, how did you handle to journey so secretly?
Solely eight individuals know my true id: my household and really shut buddies. After I journey, I put together every part to have the ability to give some excuses, particularly to my chess buddies. I’ve some tips to mislead that I am unable to reveal ,
5. How was it enjoying Anatoly Karpov? What had been your hopes happening within the sport and the way do you are feeling afterward?
The sport with Karpov was extraordinarily anxious for me. In fact, I actually loved enjoying the world champion, nevertheless it was an important problem of my life. I felt actual intimidated after I flew my rook, however fortunately, I managed to carry off the attract a dramatic ending.
6. Many have speculated about your strengths as a chess participant, with some gamers questioning in case you are a GM or an IM. Are you able to give us a touch about what your FIDE ranking is, possibly a spread?
I’ve heard all types of speculations about my stage, from beginner participant to Magnus Carlsen’s stage , In fact, that is not the case, however I am blissful to see that the vary is so broad that they can not restrict the search, so I choose to depart it that means!
7. Everybody is aware of about you and but nobody is aware of who you might be. Is it troublesome so that you can stay nameless personally?
This yr it has been very troublesome to cover myself. I needed to make quite a lot of sacrifices—my social life, for instance. I had extra conferences as Ray Enigma than my actual id! Additionally, since I began it, I’ve been working for greater than 14-15 hours in a day.
8. Do you’ve private chess objectives? Are you an lively match participant (beneath your actual id)?
Certain, I really like chess, so I attempt to play as a lot as I can. Additionally, as any chess participant, I’ve my very own objectives and I need to enhance my stage. I want I might get extra coaching, nevertheless it’s too onerous for me to save lots of the time to do it.
9. Chess has grown in reputation throughout the pandemic, particularly on-line. Would you prefer to share any ideas about chess throughout the pandemic and the path this surge in reputation might take?
I feel chess is an ideal sport for the technological age. It’s totally simple to follow, be taught, and it is free! I imagine that chess will develop lots and turn into much more well-liked within the subsequent few years.
10. Do you’ve a Chess.com account?
Sure, there’s an account with my actual id, which was created a few years in the past ,