Bajan Draughts Champs King and Francis in contention By Hallam Hope

King, Hallett, Larry Keen and Swartz are in joint second place behind Moiseyev.

King, Hallett, Larry Keen and Swartz are in joint second place behind Moiseyev.

Ronald Suki King was in a joint second place, two points better than Jack Francis in the Master’s division at the 2010 national checkers tournament in Springfield, Illinois.

But with the final two rounds of this Three Move event due soon, the question was whether Russian Alex Moiseyev who leads by four points would emerge champion or be overtaken.

Francis fought back with two wins to be among a group of fourth-placed players. He scored wins over Earl Sweatmon and Phil Schwartzberg to finish round six with 14 points. Thursday’s match-ups would determine how well he finishes.

King has been a major contender at the tournament with four wins and two draws. The drawn matches were with Richard Hallett and his Three-Move nemesis Moiseyev, who took the three-Move title from him a few years ago.

King was surprised by Joe Swartz, who beat him in round three.

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