June 9, 2006 NationNews - Barbados' Leading Newspaper - "Suki" vs Francis Match (2 articles)


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'Suki' promises Francis a 6-0 beating

Date

June 09, 2006

Brief

UNDISPUTED king of the World Go-As-You-Please draughts game, Ronald "Suki'" King, plans to turn on the heat and extinguish the challenge of compatriot John "Jack" Francis.


UNDISPUTED KING of the World Go-As-You-Please draughts game, Ronald "Suki" King, plans to turn on the heat and extinguish the challenge of compatriot John "Jack" Francis.

The supremely confident King, who leads the championship match 2-0 after 16 games, is keen to extend his lead when the two arch-rivals make their next moves this afternoon in the north of the island at Zachary's Bar in Speightstown.

"I am a King and it is my intention to behead the Jack. Only Kings can do that. I am going to beat him 6-0. We are reaching the half-way stage and I plan to step up the pace.

"Jack will have to go intro the pack and play against the others who are convinced he is not even No. 2. Jack is not in my league," King said,

On Wednesday night at Zachary's Bar & Restaurant, near the Community Centre, the two draught wizards battled to draws in games 13, 14, 15 and 16. Game 13 was the highlight of the evening. It was an absorbing contest that spanned two hours and brought the best out of the two men.

Francis, a former British Open champion, is hoping that his hometown fans in Orange Hill, St James, will make the trek to St Peter today to support him.

His 80-year-old mother, Carmen "Lucy"' Francis, said her son was very determined and will fight all the way.

Tomorrow afternoon, King and Francis will clash again in Jubilee Gardens, the City, and on Sunday in Queen's Park.  

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"Suki" still king of draughts

Date

June 12, 2006

Brief

RONALD "Suki" King is still World Go-As-You-Please (GAYP) draughts champion. He defeated challenger John "Jack" Francis 2-0
by Sherrylyn A. Clarke


by SHERRYLYN A. CLARKE

RONALD "SUKI" KING is still World Go-As-You-Please (GAYP) draughts champion.

He defeated challenger John "Jack" Francis 2-0 when their all-Bajan championship ended yesterday evening before a small number of spectators in Queen's Park.

King won two games last Sunday at the same venue. Twenty-nine games were played, 27 drawn.

"Jack played the match very safely. He was contented to try not to get beaten, just lose a couple games and draw the rest," King said after the match.

"Jack couldn't beat me. He had no chance to beat me. I left home without my brain, came down here and played Jack. I never used my brain in this whole tournament."

Francis said he was "satisfied" with his performance, although it was affected by intimidation and frustration.

"I believe there is intimidation in sports, but I also believe there is a limit and the tardiness of King in the first days of the match was overdone. It was totally unjustified," Francis said.

"It disturbed my focus and concentration with regards to my plans for attacks and defenses in the early games. I decided after I lost the first two games to settle down and he did not get any more."

The four games played in Jubilee Gardens on Saturday evening ended in a draw, as did the five yesterday. King and Jack played two games of Dundee (12-16) and three Second Double Corner (11-15, 24-19).

Despite attempts to bring the game to the people by playing in locations like Jubilee Gardens and Queen's Park, only a small number of people were in the park. Top female draughts player Joyann Branch, and National Sports Council coach George Shepherd were the only ones watching the early games.

Some of the men taking in cricket action between Super Centre Spartan and Maple drifted over later in the evening and King's wife Hazeain also came to lend her support.

And if 29 games were not enough, King and Francis put on a short exhibition for those who were there.

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