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Shang Wong Louicéus contemplating his move.
Louis Gilles (Canada) patiently looking on.
Scenes are taken from the interior setting of the Cap Haitien Hotel during the Pan-American Championships in 2003-4.
That same year, checkers champion Shang
Wong Louiceus played in four consecutive
international checkers competitions. He became
the checkers champion of Haiti in their national
checkers tournament, Le Championnat d’Haiti,
and won the championship title in the 13th
Guadeloupe Checkers Open.
13th Guadeloupe Open 2004
Shang Wong vs Vladimir Lubarski
Anthony Alexandre vs Shang Wong Louicéus
2nd Marcel-Deslauriers Memorial Ty
In October 2004, checkers champion
Shang Wong and Anthony Alexandre
again journeyed to Willemstad, Curaçao,
to participate in the 4th Curaçao
Open. These young draughts enthusiasts
joined the checkers stage as a host
of Masters came together to face
off across the checkerboard. The
circle of notable players included
Jean-Marc Ndjofang (Cameroon), Kees
Thijssen (Netherlands), Iser Kuperman
(U.S.), Ron King (Barbados), Paulvin
Simon (Canada), Léopold
Sekongo (Côte d’Ivoire),
Ndiaga Samb and Abdoulaye Der (Sénégal),
Raoul Alias and Nelsen Angela Curaçao),
as well as an assemblage of fifteen
checkers players from Curaçao.
This was fertile ground to test the waters with tried and true plays as well as the occasional cook or two. It was a master’s arena that offered the less-experienced international draughts players an opportunity to learn from the seasoned field experts. The checkers championship title was won by Jean-Marc Ndjofang, with Kees Thijssen placed second, Anthony Alexandre ranked third, and Shang Wong Louicéus took fourth.
In July 2005, the 13e Championnat Pan-Am érican de Dames (le jeu international 10 x 10) or the 13th Pan-American Checkers Championships in International Draughts was hosted in Montreal, Quebec. Two American GMI checkers players represented the game as master players: Iser Kuperman and Alex Mogilyanski. Other notables were Shang Wong Louicéus and Anthony Alexandre representing Haiti, José Silva Filho from Brazil, Adam Andall from Grenada, Dickson Maughn and Andy Charles from Trinidad.
The Dominican Republic and Suriname were not represented at the checker board as their players had difficulty in obtaining visas from the Canadian embassies. Anthony and champion Shang Wong arrived from Haiti late in the evening after the match had already begun and elected to play their game instead of settling for a 1:1 tie. Anthony won the game, so perhaps Shang Wong was a little more tired than he realized at the time.
The surprise in the tournament competition came when Silva Filho, who carries the title of MI, defeated the defending champion, Anthony Alexandre. The post-game commentary was that José may not be a big man, but as a checkers player ~ “what a stature”!
The championship was a continuous battle of wits and checker game strategies, one player trying to out maneuver the other. The final outcome ended with Alex Mogilyanski winning first place and taking the title of Pan-American draughts champion. Shang Wong placed a close second, José Silva Filho ranked third, and Iser Kuperman, at the young age of about 82, took fourth place. The game results between Shang Wong Louiceus and Mogilyanski were very close in that Shang Wong finished with nine wins, two losses, and four draws, whereas Alex ended with a final score of nine wins, one loss, and five draws. The difference was between a loss and a draw, and often that outcome is in the hand of a higher authority or simply the result of slightly better playing.
Pan-American Checkers Championships
Shang Wong Louiceus vs Dickson Maughn
Simultaneous street play was part of the festivities that took place during the Festival Juste Pour Jouer/Just for Play at the same time the Pan-American competition took place. Former World Champion, Iser Kuperman, gave a demonstration of his checkers ability in simultaneous game play. Each of the contenders in the Pan-American championship also participated in the simultaneous checkers games.
José S Filho makes one of several moves.
Group Camaraderie in Montreal
Shang Wong, Willem Blyheid, Michael Fortune,
Louis Gilles, Dickson Maughn, and Jose S Filho
In October 2005, Shang Wong Louiceus and his compatriot, Anthony Alexandre, entered the
Quebec Championship Open match in International checkers ~ le Championnat du Qu
ébec Ouvert (Jeu de dames international). Some French Canadians were quite
surprised when Anthony won the tournament and became Quebec champion in international
draughts, and also when Shang Wong took second place in the tournament. The two young
Haitians were gradually taking the Canadian checkers scene by storm.
In early spring of 2006, checkers champion Shang Wong Louiceus placed his skills at the checkerboard in the 3rd annual checkers championship of the Montreal club of International draughts. The following announcement appeared in the local tabloids:
“Le 3e Tournoi annuel du club de Montréal au jeu de dames 100 cases Shang Wong Louiceus, nouveau champion du club! Shang Wong Louiceus succède à Vladimir Lubarski (2005) et Louis Gilles (2004) au titre de champion du club des joueurs de dames de Montréal au jeu international.”
Yes, the Haitian master player, who had recently relocated to Quebec, had won the
championship title from the previous Canadian champion, Vladimir Lubarski, and was
now the Champion draughts player of the Montreal club.
However, Shang Wong’s checkers success did not end there. During the summer of 2006, he entered his acquired techniques and strategic skills in the Canadian Championship, le Championnat Canadien de Jeu de dames internationals (100 cases), and once again outplayed the player roster of Canadian checkers game experts and won the championship title to become the Champion of Canada.
The most recent feat for Shang Wong Louicéus took place in January of 2007, when he tested his checkers ingénue against his fellow Canadian players. Shang Wong faced these opponents in numerous tournament settings before and knew their game. The young Haitian successfully defeated Gilles Carisse, who placed second in the championship, Louis Gilles ranking third, and Paulvin Simon, who ended in fifth place.
As of October 2007, checkers champion Shang Wong Louiceus ranked first on the Canadian checkers stage of le Jeu de dames International (100 cases) and has attained the status of MI (Master International) in accordance with the ranking system of the FMJD and the AQJD (Association québécoise des joueurs de dames). As well, champion Louicéus became the reigning checkers champion of Quebec in the International draughts arena in 2007 and is likely to challenge these opponents and perhaps world champions across the checkerboard in future world championships and International checkers competitions.
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