Bajans leading in US draughts – Ronald “Suki” King among the top performers {COURTESY: Hallam Hope}

Barbados’ national draughts champion Jack Francis and World Go As You Please Champion Ronald “Suki” King took early points in the U.S National tournament in Springfield, Illinois.

{FLASHBACK} Lubabalo Kondlo of Port Elizabeth, South Africa won the WCDF World Qualifier in GAYP at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas on September, 2007 and now has earned the right to challenge Mr. Ron 'Suki' King of Barbados for the title in 2008.

{FLASHBACK} Lubabalo Kondlo of Port Elizabeth, South Africa won the WCDF World Qualifier in GAYP at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas on September, 2007 and now has earned the right to challenge Mr. Ron 'Suki' King of Barbados for the title in 2008.

Francis demolished Ron Bailey 4-0 while King produced a similar result against Dr. Richard Beckwith. The top players, including Alex Moiseyev, who holds the World Three Move Restriction title, generally dominated their opponents. Moiseyev knocked over John Webster 4-0.

Francis, who is well-known for his across-the-board style compared with the textbook approaches of traditional players, is aiming for a high placing in this tournament. The current Florida Open and former British Open champion, Francis has expressed appreciation to his sponsors for making the trip possible.

Jim Morrison and Richard Hallett were also among the first round winners.

This U.S national tournament is being played in the Three Move Restriction version. It is being held in honour of the late Richard Fortman, a former top player who has several publications to his name.

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