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El Segundo, CA (May 3, 2012) – Though it was a battle of the Sox this past weekend at U.S. Cellular Field, there was another storied game playing out off the diamond as nearly 1,200 Duelists from Chicagoland and from around the world, flooded the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center for the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Chicago, each one hoping to hit a home run of their own and capture the title of YCS Champion. 

The tables everywhere were jam-packed with Duelists playing at the top of their field, but it was Aaron Noel from Toronto, Ontario that proved to have the best Deck and strategy to close, emerging victorious over the competition at this premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) event, hosted by trading card game powerhouse, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (Konami). The two days of competition at YCS Chicago showcased the impressive skills of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists young and old, all hungry to earn a spot at Sunday’s Final Round table.  Preliminary Round after Preliminary Round, Duelists played expertly and aggressively, leaving no card unturned. As Sunday’s Preliminary Rounds came to a close, it was clear that Noel and Daniel Nunnally had the best playbooks, earning them a spot at the Final Round table to fight for the Champion title.

Armed with a potent Dino-Rabbits Deck, Nunnally from St. Paul, Minnesota was ready for the game of his life while Noel was just as confident, hoping to throw some heat with his Dino-Rabbits Deck. Both competitors played adroitly, showing a true love of the game but at the end of the Final Round it was Noel who was able to clinch the title of YCS Champion. Noel won an Ultra Rare Blood Mefist YCS Prize Card, and an invitation to his 2012 World Championship Qualifier and more fabulous prizes.

Additionally, on Saturday, Michael Sakowicz from Naperville, Illinois won the Dragon Duel (for Duelists born 1999 or later) adeptly outplaying his Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG peers to earn a special Dragon Duel Champion’s Medal, a 2012 Regional Game Mat, a Dragon Duel T-Shirt, and an invitation to his region’s 2012 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier, where he can earn an invitation to the inaugural Dragon Duel World Championship to be played at the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship to be held on August 11-12 in Tokyo, Japan. On Sunday, Brian D. Ahle, from Lebanon, Illinois earned the same honors.

Every Saturday morning, Duelists can watch the all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL animated series as well as classic Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes on TheCW4Kids programming block, the leading Saturday morning kids broadcast network in the United States.  In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s every Friday and Saturday on YTV! Fans can also view their favorite Yu-Gi-Oh!episodes at www.CW4Kids.com. For more information on Konami or the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES,please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630.



About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 billion cards sold. It is a game of strategy, where players create individual Decks of cards collected from Structure Decks and Booster Packs. Two players engage in a Duel while using cards that represent powerful monsters, magical Spells and surprising Traps. Duelists with well-constructed Decks, dominating monsters, solid strategy and good fortune are the victors in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG.  Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in North America and Latin America.


KONAMI is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. KONAMI's software titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers.  KONAMI is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide.  The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM.  Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at www.konami.com.


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