When you play the Pokemon card game, you probably want to be the very best, the best there ever was. And 10 year old Tommy Neill is just that.
Neill won the Pokemon Autumn Regional Championships held in Pleasanton on Oct. 12 and 13.
The game has been compared to chess because you must anticipate your opponent two or three moves in advance.
Pokemon Master Neill says the biggest challenge is creating the perfect 60 card deck to play with.
“Deck building is really important because if you just slap a deck full of interesting and flashy cards you won't go anywhere.” Says Neill, “but if you have a central concept to the deck that will really help you along.”
Neill plans to keep competing in these tournaments until the end of the Pokemon season, which ends in August.
He hopes to win enough tournaments to be invited to the Pokemon World Championships in Washington DC.
Neill will need to work hard to get there though, only 100 of the top Pokemon players are invited to compete in the World Championship.