The GameShack in Grand Harbour was
YuGiOh! central last Saturday, as participants faced off in the Cayman Open
National Championship qualifiers.
Entrants, ranging in age from nine
to 17 years old, vied for first prize, which would take the winner on an
all-expenses paid trip to the Central American YuGiOh! Championships in
Guadalajara, Mexico on 18-20 June.
The Cayman qualifiers were
adjudicated by GameShack’s owner, Stephen Wilkins, and the store’s sales
supervisor Jhordan Beersingh.
The competition began after the
11am registration, at around 1pm.
Competitors played under the Swiss
scoring system, with players paired against one another. Four rounds were
played in each match (of three games); the pairings were based on similar
Each round was a best-of-three
match with the first person to win two games winning the match outright.
After a play-off for eighth place,
in which Jason Thomas triumphed, the sudden death rounds began.
Josh Myren and Kyle Parsons were
drawn together and ended up playing one of the top matches of the round. The
match delivered plenty of excitement given that Kyle had won all of his four
Swiss rounds and that Josh, the odds-on unofficial tournament favourite, had
lost a match against the same opponent in round three and had three wins under
Josh’s mastery of the match was too
dominant to be stoppable and he eventually triumphed over Kyle to progress to
Brandon Da Costa, up a game against
George Rankine, reluctantly forfeited his match (to make pre-scheduled baseball
playoffs), which allowed George to advance to the semi-finals with Ashvin Murugesu and Rhett McCoy and Josh
Myren, who had won their matches against Karem Mullen and Jason Thomas and Kyle
The tension charged semis,
attracted spectators eager to see who would win the face-offs in which Josh and
According to Mr. Wilkins game one
went to Josh, after Ashvin dealt some terrific attacks to reduce his opponent’s
life points from 8,000 to 700. One more attack from Ashvin could have won him
the game, but Josh counter-attacked with some great play of his own to take the
game and the advantage.
Things did not go all Josh’s way,
however, as he made an accidental illegal procedure, which resulted in an
official warning from the floor judge.
In the second game Josh and Ashvin
played well and managed to inflict damage to each other’s life points. Josh
then made some impressive plays to significantly reduce Ashvin’s life points
but with victory in sight for Josh, disaster struck. He made a second illegal
procedure, which resulted in an automatic game loss, to tie the match to one
At that stage, Ashvin was playing
the match of his life forcing his adversary to fend off some inspired game play
from his opponent.
The third game was a see-saw of
card plays, with an impressive sequence of monsters, spells and traps being
Knowing that one procedural error
by Josh would cost him the match and the title lent an added intensity to the
match for spectators and players.
And, Josh nearly blundered before
catching himself just in time to win 2-1 to take the Cayman National Open
Champion title. “I played my best just like everyone else did and im grateful
that i won. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to go to the regionals,” he
Another competitor Dominic Da
Costa, Brandon’s 11-year-old cousin said: “I enjoyed the competition… It’s
definitely improved my game.”
Floor judge, Mr. Beersingh added
that for him the highlight of the competition had been “the sportsmanship all
the contestants had shown.”
All participants walked away with
YuGiOh! championship game mats and will be sent a set of championship deck
sleeves. The top four players also got a YuGiOh! card binder and invites to the
Central American Championship in Mexico.
Mr. Wilkins said: “It was a
learning curve for both players and the organisers, but everyone involved
thoroughly enjoyed their day… The
GameShack is planning to hold more organised YuGiOh! events in the near future,
so we urge anyone who is interested in playing to contact us for further