To paraphrase Winston Churchill, working out how to climb up the snooker rankings is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
Steven Hallworth hopes he is on that journey and faces one of the biggest tests of his career tonight when he takes on world number one Judd Trump in the last 32 of the BetVictor English Open in Milton Keynes.
After his second round win over Xiao Guodong on Tuesday, 25-year-old Hallworth took time out of his practice schedule to find out more about the famous code-breakers who had a significant impact on British history.
He visited Bletchley Park, which is less than a mile away from the Marshall Arena. Throughout World War Two, a team of codebreakers including Alan Turing worked relentlessly to translate the secret communications of the Axis Powers, including the German Enigma cipher. Their work was crucial in the eventual outcome of the war.
Hallworth, whose father worked in the RAF for several decades, was given a fascinating tour of the site by Dr David Kenyon, Research Historian at Bletchley Park Trust.
Bletchley Park museum and heritage attraction is open daily to the public, to find out more click here.
Now a museum and heritage attraction, it was once the top-secret home of World War II codebreakers such as Alan Turing 😲
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