In the novel Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, who does Ender approach in the battleroom in chapters 5-6?

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In the novel Ender's Game, Ender has two problems in chapters 5 and 6.  First, he must break the hold that one of the older boys has on the group which plays against the young ones like Ender.  Knowing that a challenge will come, Ender studies the strategies used by the older students and within two or three games, Ender understands.  He enters the battleroom, and by the 3rd game, has won his match with the older boy.  This breaks the hold the older boy has and allows Ender to move more freely among the other boys.  The other boy he approaches is Alai, who is best friends with someone else.  Ender persuades Alai to try some of the "frozen techniques" he has dreamed up and the two not only have fun, but find that some of the ideas work.  Ender and Alai become friends, the first real friend that Ender has managed to make in the battlefield world.  Both approaches are important because in one, Ender breaks the hold against him and in the other, Ender makes his first true friend which is of great importance for him.

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