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A game for all ages

14.08.2011 | 14:37 |

We’ve asked all of the World Championship the same question: What does it take to make it to the World Championship? Most of them were telling you to keep a Level head, stay focused and that you might also need a little help from lady luck on the day of the big event. However, no one was talking about age. At this very moment, the only 15 year old Kongjaroen Phanupak is trying to overcome Kei Murakoshi to make it all the way to the finals, while at the same time, the semi finals of the Videogame are showing us quite a different picture with the 34 year old Makoto Ito still holding onto his chances of becoming a World Champion…


It seems like Yu-Gi-Oh! really is a game for all ages. We’ve sat down with the oldest and the youngest Duelists of the respective Championships and asked them if they had anything to say about it.

 


Kongjaroen Phanupak might feel a little chilly in Amsterdam, but he's sure bringing the heat to the Dueling table!

Kongjaroen Phanupak might feel a little chilly in Amsterdam, but he's sure bringing the heat to the Dueling table!


 


Let’s take a closer look at Kongjaroen Phanupak. He only picked up the game a mere 18 months ago and has already become a champion in his own right when he took this year’s National Championship in Thailand by storm! He felt like he was on top of the world and now he’s only a few more turns away from possibly becoming a World Champion!



When asked about what is most important to make it to the grandest stage of them all, he returned that you have to be able to keep a Level head and always try to make the best decisions – something we’ve heard from plenty of Duelists that participated in the main event, so obviously he learned this lesson early on.

 


Tadashi Waga almost looked like a rock star!

Tadashi Waga almost looked like a rock star!


 


The story of Tadashi Waga on the other hand, couldn’t be much more different. He already picked up the game back in 2002 and even became a National Champion! The first World Championship took place in 2003, so he couldn’t compete on an international stage. He stopped playing the game shortly after, but picked it up 2 years ago again.


He really liked the recent changes and added that they gave the game a unique touch that he values very highly. With the newfound motivation to play the game, he honed his skills and eventually qualified for the World Championship, representing Japan with pride! He thinks that the experiences he made with the game in the early days are now working in his favor as he knows it from different perspectives.

 


Makoto Ito was getting used to playing in the top spot!

Makoto Ito was getting used to playing in the top spot!


 


The last player I absolutely had to ask about his opinion was Makoto Ito from Japan. With 34 years, he’s learned a lot more about life than, say Kongjaroen Phanupak. He doesn’t think that his age is working in his favor, though, that according to him: “Younger players can think faster!”


Obviously, he was either joking or he’s underestimating his own abilities. He still has a shot at becoming a World Champion and actually does feel confident that he can pull it off. We’ll know for certain in just a few more minutes as the finals will soon be underway!