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Pokemon contest in Huntley draws crowd

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  • Pokémon City Championships organizer Jimmy Ballard of Plainfield, right, said the competition is like playing chess with cards as 60 competed at the Huntley Park District on Saturday.

       Pokémon City Championships organizer Jimmy Ballard of Plainfield, right, said the competition is like playing chess with cards as 60 competed at the Huntley Park District on Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Samuel Bruce, 9, of Mundelein, right, plays Easton Ours, 8, of Naperville during the Pokémon City Championships at the Huntley Park District on Saturday in Huntley.

       Samuel Bruce, 9, of Mundelein, right, plays Easton Ours, 8, of Naperville during the Pokémon City Championships at the Huntley Park District on Saturday in Huntley.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Steven Vlosak, of Downers Grove, left, prepares to play Drew Stasica of Oswego, as Cody Kiessmann of Westmont looks on during the Pokémon City Championships at the Huntley Park District on Saturday.

       Steven Vlosak, of Downers Grove, left, prepares to play Drew Stasica of Oswego, as Cody Kiessmann of Westmont looks on during the Pokémon City Championships at the Huntley Park District on Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Tyler Lamb of Montgomery, left, trades cards with Steven Vlosak of Downers Grove at the Pokémon City Championships at the Huntley Park District on Saturday in Huntley.

       Tyler Lamb of Montgomery, left, trades cards with Steven Vlosak of Downers Grove at the Pokémon City Championships at the Huntley Park District on Saturday in Huntley.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • About 60 people competed in the Pokémon City Championships, according to organizer Jimmy Ballard of Plainfield, second from front at right.

       About 60 people competed in the Pokémon City Championships, according to organizer Jimmy Ballard of Plainfield, second from front at right.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 
 

About 60 Pokémon Trading Card Game players from Huntley and surrounding areas competed in an all day Pokémon City Championship Saturday at the Huntley Park District in Huntley.

Players from three age divisions competed to earn valuable championship points that count toward a potential invitation to compete at the 2014 Pokémon World Championships in Washington, D.C., next summer.

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Huntley organizer Jimmy Ballard of Plainfield said the competition is like playing chess with cards and requires constant thinking.

"The event gets the kids out to meet other competitors and out from playing electronic games in their basements," said Ballard.

More than 100 Pokémon City Championships are taking place throughout North America Nov. 23 through Jan. 6.

Players of all ages and skill levels competed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Huntley as their supporters and Pokémon fans watched.

Samuel Bruce, 9, of Mundelein, sitting directly across from and competing with Easton Ours, 8, of Naperville, said the best part is making a good deck to battle other players.

"It is just fun to meet new friends with different personalities," Bruce said.

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