Ronald “Suki” King is still the monarch in his homeland.
The former world draughts champion opened his 2016 domestic draughts account by capturing the first tournament of the year, the Julie’s Party Rentals Double Knockout title.
Jack Francis and Carson Farley had to settle for second and third places following a threesome round-robin final in which King outplayed Farley in a decisive game to win 1-0.
Fans, familiar faces and old, packed the Bank Hall venue at Julie’s Party Rentals to witness a rare clash between King and Francis on home soil. Both were steady and watchful in the opening two drawn games. King followed up with a masterful end-game 1-9 victory against Farley, a Kelso (10-15) specialist while Francis and Farley battled to two draws.
Farley proved too strong for Francis who would have needed a 2-0 win to lift the title.
In preceding rounds Farley knocked out Hascol “dogman” Trotman 1-0 to qualify, King sent Junior Walrond packing with a 2-0 drubbing and Francis eased past the improving Trevor “Gazook” Howell 1-0.
Both President of the Barbados Draughts Association John Emmanuel and owner of Julie’s Party Rentals, Julie Sealy, acknowledged the respect demonstrated by the audience for the game and lauded the players for the absence of acrimony.