King and Francis agree to share draughts title
A decision by both finalists in the Masters category to agree to be joint winners in the national draughts championship has left the organisers scratching their heads.
Defending champion Jack Francis and World Go-As-You-Please champion Ronald “Suki” King pushed three moves and agreed to a draw, leaving fans who had braved the inclement weather to see another robust showdown somewhat bemused.
Francis defeated King last year 1-0 and put paid to Suki King’s claim that a Jack cannot defeat a King.
But this year’s final proved to be an anticlimax, leaving the Barbados Draughts Association pondering their next move.
In what has been widely regarded as a very competitive series of competitions Carson Farley claimed the third place in the Master’s division with a 1-0 win against Nathaniel “Thani” Grosvenor. Grosvenor produced the upset of the tournament with a 1-0 defeat of King.
The B Class attracted 17 players with the experienced Kent Lane defeating Anderson “Brickford” Hunte 1-0 in the final. Hunte had defeated veteran Sam Marshall 1-0 at the semi-finals and overall had a tremendous run in the tournament. Lane qualified with a 1-0 victory over Andrew Harris.
The women’s champion is again Wilma Branch who defeated promising newcomer Wynell Neverson 2-0 in the finals.