Taking a well deserved break from her homework, Saralyn had pulled out her chess set. Setting it up on the table in the common room in front of her, she moved the pieces around, her mind thinking over tactics and moves and plans. The benefit of wizards chess, was that she could play against herself. She couldn't imagine how the muggles did it.
But it was nice to not have to rely on other people if she wanted to fiddle around. Although she couldn't deny that it was more rewarding against real humans. Trying to figure out the way their minds worked, their tactics, the way that they tried to play the game.
Ross Kim avoided the Slytherin common room if he could help it- mostly because he'd rather be outside on a good day or in the library, getting the scoop on his usual "talkers" and people watch. However, today the library was too full and the weather wasn't so great. So, sighing loudly, he made his way into the Common Room.
To his surprise, however, someone was occupying it, a board of Wizard's Chess out. Saralyn looked deep in thought- probably to go over moves and tactics. He studied her for a minute, studied the way she moved the chess pieces around. He smirked to himself, climbing over the sofa.
"Fancy a game?" He asked, casually. This could be fun. But he'd have to test that hypothesis and see. @saralyn,
As a general rule, Saralyn liked to keep her wits around her, she liked to be aware of what was happening in the common room. There wasn't a lot that she could control, but at least being aware of her surroundings was something that she could do. Although, when there was a chess board in front of her, she tended to hyperfocus on that, rather than what was happening.
Hearing a voice, she glanced up. "Why not?" she answered. It was most always nice to play against actual people, to test her tactics against a real thinking brain. That was part of why she got better, after all. So she could win against people. Saralyn began moving the pieces back to their starting positions.
Brought out of her reverie, Saralyn told him, "Why not?" Ross chuckled, taking the spot in front of her. A good way to gauge people's thoughts and processes is to play against them, although he was sure that's not why Saralyn played. It was, however, why he himself was interested in the game. He was curious.
He did a lot of things out of curiosity, and not very many good things at that. He watched patiently as she put all the pieces back in their places. @saralyn,
Playing against new people was a nice experience, because she didn't know how they worked. It was harder to figure out what they were trying to do and counteract it if you didn't know how their brains ticked.
Finishing setting up the game, she looked across at Ross. "White or black?" Did he want the first move advantage, or to see what she did first, and gauge from that.
Black. Interesting. She tended to prefer black herself, but felt confident enough to play either side. Besides, seeing what side they chose held a far greater advantage than picking the side herself. At least when part of your mission was working out the way that people thought.
She moved one of her pawns two spaces forward, so that she could get her bishop out.