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Callum Borck is going to Las Vagas for the World Yu-Gi-Oh Championships
Callum Borck is going to Las Vagas for the World Yu-Gi-Oh Championships

The Quinns Rocks resident will fly to Las Vagas in August for the world Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament.

Based on a popular Japanese animated series, Callum described Yu-Gi-Oh! as similar to chess, but with cards instead of pieces.

Players select 40 cards to form a deck, from the thousands available and then do battle with their opponent.

‘There are three types of cards ” monsters, traps and spells,’ Callum said.

‘There are millions of combinations you can make a deck out of and you have to be good at math to work out good strategies.’

Callum, who placed fifth in last year’s junior world tournament, began playing Yu-Gi-Oh! with his dad Michael at the age of five.

Michael said it wasn’t long before his son was beating him in games.

‘He is affectionately known as ‘the kid’ by some of the senior players,’ he said.