David trumps competition

WINNER David Monaghan came first in the Yu-Gi-Oh trading game championships.    Picture: Paul Jacobs (112164-2)
WINNER David Monaghan came first in the Yu-Gi-Oh trading game championships. Picture: Paul Jacobs (112164-2)
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YOUNG David Monaghan was crowned a British champion for the second year in a row, in card-playing game Yu-Gi-Oh.

After competing in the National Dragon Duel Championship 2011, the 12-year-old regained his winning title as the UK’s finest junior player of the Japanese card trading game.

David, of Landguard Road, Southsea, started playing the game at the age of nine.

Now, only three years later, he won a limited edition playing mat, a selection of cards and his second national gold trophy.

He said: ‘I’m really pleased to have won – I was happy last time, but this time it’s even better because I’m the only person to ever have done it twice.

‘I love playing the game because it’s about strategy and using maths skills.’

David goes to a club in Southampton to perfect his skills and regularly practises against his dad, Steve.

Steve, 51, said: ‘It’s pretty impressive he’s won it two years in a row, I’m really proud of him and very excited for him.

‘It was great to watch him compete and it’s a fun game to be part of because it’s so sociable. It really helps improve their maths and strategic skills too and has been a great help to David in school.’