King pushes way to Masters title
Ronald “Suki” King weaved his magic in the closing two rounds to secure the Masters title in the Henderson Layne Memorial Draughts Tournament last Sunday.
With the also unbeaten Jack Francis two points adrift, King demonstrated why he has held the World Go As You Please title for two decades with convincing wins over Darwin Lorde (1-0) and Ian Callender (2-0) to accumulate 34 points, four more than Francis.
Francis could only muster a 1-0 victory over Winston Lowe and a 0-0 draw with Trevor “Gazook” Howell.
Junior Waldron played well to take third place with 23 points in what was widely regarded as one of the best organized tournaments in recent years.
Sam Marshall won the Majors division with 31 points, one more than Oliver Witford, with Hendy Grazette third on 26 points and Hallam Hope fourth on 24.
The “C” class category was also keenly contested with defending champion Selwyn Williams holding off Oliver “Left Hander” Springer to retain the title with a draw that carried him to 15 points, one more than the left-hander. Edward Moore was third.
Farmers Choice and Caribbean Alliance Insurance were among the sponsors of this second tournament in honour of the late draughts player Henderson “Hot Cakes” Layne. (HH)