- The Washington Times - Friday, July 14, 2006

In case anyone missed it, Upper Deck reports that a 10-year old named Austin Kulman beat over 350 of the best Yu-Gi-Oh! card duelists in the U.S. to become the country’s youngest National Champion.

The popular collectible trading card game requires players create individual decks of cards amassed from starter sets and booster packs. Two players engage in a Duel while using their cards that represent monsters, magical spells, and traps.

The champ started playing the game when he was in second grade (man, do I hate a show off).

Master Kulman is one of four players who will go on to represent the United States in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship Tournament this summer in Tokyo, Japan.

For the record, I still have no idea how to play the game but will occasionally watch Cartoon Network’s animated show (also seen on the Kids WB) based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe while simultaneously playing a game of “Go Fish” with my 6-year old.

Unfortunately, the savvy shrimp already has a basic handle of the collectible card game and I am in for big, wallet-bleeding trouble.

Anyone in the D.C. area who wants to see what all the excitement is about, and wants a preview of the latest expansion set, “The Power of the Duelist,” can stop the University of Maryland’s Stamp Student Union on August 5th to get a Yu-Gi-Oh! fix. Contact Laurel Chiat ([email protected]) for more info.

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