After a full day of head-to-head Pokémon™ Trading Card Game (TCG) battles March 21, Ian Robb clenched first place at the 2012 Connecticut Pokémon State Championships, earning a top state ranking and Championship Points that count toward playing in Premier Events later this year.
The Pokémon community of fans, family and friends were on hand at the 2012 Connecticut Pokémon State Championships, supporting their Pokémon TCG players as they battled to become Pokémon State Champion. Top finishers from the Connecticut Pokémon State Championships, including Ian, earned Championship Points that help gain entry into high-level events, including this June’s 2012 Pokémon U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., and the 2012 Pokémon World Championships, held this August in Hawaii. U.S. competitors advancing to the World Championships will compete against elite players from more than 25 countries, including Japan, the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain.
The Pokémon State Championships are sanctioned by The Pokémon Company International and locally managed by Premier Tournament Organizers. These volunteer organizers run Pokémon TCG and video game tournaments across the United States throughout the year, and many are parents of current or former Pokémon TCG or video game players. Collectively they oversee tens of thousands of Pokémon competitors who train and compete in various Play! Pokémon programs, events, tournaments and leagues to prepare for major events like the State Championships.
Play! Pokémon competitors are divided into three age divisions: Junior Division (born in 2001 or later), Senior Division (born in 1997–2000), and Masters Division (born in 1996 or earlier).