Francis defeats King
Back in 1962 country and western singer Ned Miller had his greatest hit From A Jack To A King.
On Friday night at the All Souls Church Annex at Holligan Road, Bank Hall, St. Michael it was a different song coming from the lips of fans who braved the rainy conditions outside — From A King To A Jack.
Ronald Suki King, World Go-As-You-Please champion and the man whose prowess on the draughts board has placed Barbados on the international map, interchanged positions with his perennial Man Friday, Jack Francis, as Francis finally overcame more than 20 years of being second-best to King to win the final of the Barbados National Draughts Championship.
Francis achieved the long-sought victory in the final game of round two to clinch victory against his fiercest rival, and ultimately rise to the pinnacle of the sport where he has been a dominant player for over two decades, but always in the shadow of King.
Francis, who has annually threatened to take King’s national title without quite achieving that goal, has also competed and performed exceptionally well on the United States draughts circuit over the past few years.