King loses his crown

Suki was a no-show for final rounds

The brilliant and controversial Ronald “Suki” King has lost the World Go-As-You-Please draughts title he held for 23 years. Trailing 1-2 with four games remaining against Italian challenger Sergio Scarpetta, King failed to appear for the final round of four games today. The referee invoked the international rule of starting the clock and in King’s absence awarded two games to Scarpetta leaving him winner and the new GAYP World champion by a margin of 4-1 in wins and 17 draws.

Ronald 'Suki' King
Ronald ‘Suki’ King

The title match, played in the southern Italian city of Foggia, appeared heading for an exciting finish with Scarpetta capturing the fourth game yesterday to seize a critical 2-1 lead.

With scores of fans glued to their computers to watch the final showdown King failed to show up and two games were eventually awarded
by the forfeiture rules of the world checkers (draughts) body.

King reigned as supreme lord of the Go-As-You-Please format from 1991 and turned back Scarpetta two years ago when their title-match ended 2-2. In 2003, he lost the Three Move restriction world title when he was defeated 8-2 by Russian Alex Moiseyev.



Source: (HH)

3 Responses to King loses his crown

  1. Randy Hartman
    Randy Hartman July 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    23 years on top!! prob let the guy win ))

  2. Perro Holloway
    Perro Holloway July 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    King was never someone who displayed sportsman like behavior with his contentious boastful attitude was very distasteful to me but a champion of the game all the same. Long live the KING

  3. Andrew July 10, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    After so many years it is unfortunate that only history will be kind to him. He was never really recognised as a true ”KING” and champion in his own country. Well done Suki…well done!!!


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