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Pokemon enthusiasts from cross the Midwest flock to Des Plaines tourney

Grace Ours, 7, of Naperville plays her cards during the Pokemon Trading Card Game City Championships at the Sciences and Arts Academy in Des Plaines on Sunday. The tournament attracted 89 participants from all over the Midwest, including St. Louis and Madison, Wis. Players from three age divisions competed to earn points toward a potential invitation to the 2014 Pokemon World Championships in Washington, D.C., next summer.

Grace Ours, 7, of Naperville plays her cards during the Pokemon Trading Card Game City Championships at the Sciences and Arts Academy in Des Plaines on Sunday. The tournament attracted 89 participants from all over the Midwest, including St. Louis and Madison, Wis. Players from three age divisions competed to earn points toward a potential invitation to the 2014 Pokemon World Championships in Washington, D.C., next summer.

 

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Cards and dice used during the Pokemon Trading Card Game City Championships at the Sciences and Arts Academy in Des Plaines on Sunday. The tournament attracted 89 participants from all over the Midwest, including St. Louis and Madison, Wis. Players from three age divisions competed to earn points toward a potential invitation to the 2014 Pokemon World Championships in Washington, D.C., next summer.

Cards and dice used during the Pokemon Trading Card Game City Championships at the Sciences and Arts Academy in Des Plaines on Sunday. The tournament attracted 89 participants from all over the Midwest, including St. Louis and Madison, Wis. Players from three age divisions competed to earn points toward a potential invitation to the 2014 Pokemon World Championships in Washington, D.C., next summer.

 

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Both children and adults play during the Pokemon Trading Card Game City Championships at the Sciences and Arts Academy in Des Plaines on Sunday. The tournament attracted 89 participants from all over the Midwest, including St. Louis and Madison, Wis. Players from three age divisions competed to earn points toward a potential invitation to the 2014 Pokemon World Championships in Washington, D.C., next summer.

Both children and adults play during the Pokemon Trading Card Game City Championships at the Sciences and Arts Academy in Des Plaines on Sunday. The tournament attracted 89 participants from all over the Midwest, including St. Louis and Madison, Wis. Players from three age divisions competed to earn points toward a potential invitation to the 2014 Pokemon World Championships in Washington, D.C., next summer.

 

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

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By Daily Herald report

Some of the Midwest's top Pokemon players met up to do battle Sunday during the Pokemon Trading Card Game City Championships at the Sciences and Arts Academy in Des Plaines.

At stake was a chance to earn points needed to qualify for the 2014 Pokemon World Championships next summer in Washington, D.C., where more than $100,000 in scholarship money will be on the line.

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This weekend's event in Des Plaines drew participants from as far away as St. Louis and other parts of the Midwest, who competed in three age divisions.

The game, created in Japan, has players using Pokemon cards featuring characters with individual strengths and weaknesses "battling" their opponents' cards, in an attempt to knock them out.

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