Issaquah man wins 2011 Marysville Pokémon City Championships

November 30, 2011

By Tom Corrigan

NEW — 11:10 a.m Nov. 30, 2011

After a full day of head-to-head Pokémon Trading Card Game battles, Tyler Ninomura, 21, of Issaquah, won first place at the 2011 Marysville Pokémon City Championships held Sunday.

Ninomura earned a top city ranking and championship points, which count toward a potential invitation to the Pokémon U.S. National Championships next summer. National winners could play in an international tournament in Hawaii, competing against players from more than 25 countries.

The Pokémon City Championships are sanctioned by the Pokémon Co. and locally managed by Premier Tournament Organizers. These volunteer organizers run Pokémon trading card and video game tournaments across the country throughout the year.

Many volunteers are parents of current or former Pokémon players. Collectively, they oversee tens of thousands of Pokémon competitors who train and compete in various Play! Pokémon programs, events, tournaments and leagues to prepare for major events like the City Championships.

“What makes an event like the Pokémon City Championships so special is the involvement and support it receives from the local community,” said J.C. Smith, director of consumer marketing for the Pokémon Co. International. “The Marysville area has a strong group of Pokémon players who enjoyed a great weekend of competition.”

Play! Pokémon competitors are divided equally into three divisions: Junior Division (born in 2001 or later,) Senior Division (born in 1997-2000,) and Masters Division (born in 1996 or earlier.

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