Former World-Go-As-You-Please and Three-Move Restriction Champion, Ronald “Suki” King, has expressed concerned about the future of the game of draughts.
During a recent visit to the St Bartholomew Primary School where he was invited to interact with the Infants Department as part of their celebration of Barbadian Awareness, during Black History Month, the outstanding Barbadian personality lamented that there were no children playing the game.
“Where are the children of the members of the Association? Why are they not playing draughts? Why are they not being encouraged to play and represent Barbados at the upcoming World Youth Tournament in Rome?” King queried.
He said that children were not being invited to nationals and that he had found it difficult to have draughts implemented at the National Sports Council.
King therefore promised the students that he would return to the school to develop a programme there. He told them that there were many benefits to be had from playing draughts –– opportunities to interact with persons, travel internationally and learn about different cultures and to develop personally.
He explained that draughts was a highly disciplined game which taught respect and consideration for one’s opponent. He noted that competitors learnt to work quietly as they considered each move and worked on their strategy.
According to King, the draughts player had to be a “forward thinker”, working a few steps ahead of his opponent and constantly analysing the game and developing critical thinking skills. The player’s ability to recall plays also placed him in good stead, King told the pupils.