Sora finally decides to challenge Kurami to a match after he saw through her tricks.
Given that Sora has already exposed Kurami’s cheating, he and Shiro now issues a challenge to her. The interesting part of the game Kurami comes up with is that while it looks like chess, it’s not and she doesn’t reveal any other rules except you have to give chess pieces orders. Sora and Shiro are basically playing the game blind until she does something that they don’t expect. From Shiro taking the hot seat, it becomes very apparent that it’s not a game chess, but rather a strategy game of outwitting the opponent.
When Sora took over, he basically gains an advantage against Kurami assuming the fact that individual pieces on the board have a mind of their own of their own, thus they don’t have to follow rules or even obey the orders from their masters. Despite her last-ditch attempt to brainwash Sora’s own pieces, the same rule still applies for the fact that he was able to convince her queen to change sides. Knowing that her pieces will not dare to kill a woman in cold blood along with the assumption stated earlier, they can choose to disobey their original master and change sides. In other words, Kurami practically screwed herself over into thinking that she can rig the game by allowing all the pieces to have a consciousness while being able to issue commands without realizing that it can be used against her.
From this episode alone, it was very interesting to see how Sora and Shiro managed to work together in their first actual game in order to outsmart their opponent and win. Sure, Kurami basically cheated her way to victory by having an elf play mind tricks on her contenders while her intentions of saving humanity remains dubious at best, I’m glad that the two were able to prove her wrong. Aside from that, I wonder what they are going to do next now that they are now king/queen. We’ll see soon enough. ¶