The players are resting in their own waiting rooms. While Harada-sensei naps, and Suo makes a phone call, Rion visits Inokuma in her room. Inokuma tells her this may be her last match for the Queen title. And Shinobu's mother inadvertently tells her how her grandmother is using her game to appease her constituents. Then Chihaya drops by for a visit, easing the awkward atmosphere.
In the second match, Shinobu's mother's words and Chihaya's visit leave such an impact on her, costing her the game.
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