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EIF - Book 05 Chapter 076: I Want One Hundred

Challenge the sages?

The spectators were shocked into silence, goggling at Gu Hai. Then, they broke out in an uproar.

“Mister Gu is challenging the sages?”

“He is joking, right? Those are sages! When they were alive, they were people who had great accomplishments in the Go Dao!”

“But Mister Gu’s Go skills are no weaker!”

“I heard that Old Mister Guan Qi also did this back then. Perhaps Mister Gu can do this!”

“Mister Gu will win!”

The spectators caused a commotion.

The sages were furious.

“You overestimate yourself! Are you trying to imitate Old Mister Guan Qi?”

“You are seeking death. Are you trying to embarrass yourself?”

“Gu Hai, you think that you are worthy of challenging us?”

The sages showed disdain.

The Supreme Genesis and the Grand Mohist narrowed their eyes. The Future Buddha did not say anything.

“Father, is Gu Hai crazy? Does he think that he is Old Mister Guan Qi?” Yehua said in disdain.

However, Ninth Young Master said, “As the host, I permit Gu Hai to challenge the sages in the second round’s Go Dao segment. Sages, if you do not compete, it will be a defeat by default. Sages, please quickly make a decision!”

“How audacious!” the sages shouted coldly.

However, Ninth Young Master looked skyward coldly, not showing any fear.

“Which sage is going first?” Gu Hai asked.

“Humph! You overestimate yourself. Since you are seeking death, then let me show you how to respect your elders!” a sage shouted.

Ninth Young Master waved his hand, and a huge Go board suddenly appeared before Gu Hai. There were black and white Go stones placed at the side.

“As the host, I permit the Go Dao sage to leave the noble spirit sea to play Go against Participant Gu Hai in the second round’s Go Dao segment!” Ninth Young Master shouted.

“Humph!” the sages snorted coldly.

The sage who spoke earlier flung his sleeves out. Then, what seemed like a beam of white light shot out and suddenly arrived at the plaza. The sage appeared before Gu Hai.

“Don’t say that I am bullying you. You may go first,” that sage said coldly.

“Many thanks!” Gu Hai said with a faint smile.

As Gu Hai spoke, he picked up a black Go stone and placed it in the center of the Go board.

Clack!

Gu Hai played at tengen.

“Humph! Are you imitating Old Mister Guan Qi in playing tengen for the first move as well?” that sage said coldly.

Clack!

The sage made his move.

Clack! Clack! Clack!

Gu Hai and the sage played.

The four hosts watched, not starting the other three segments. Everyone could only watch that Go board.

The Supreme Genesis and the Grand Mohist watched coldly. The Future Buddha did not say a word.

The Azure Emperor, Emperor Kong, Wu Yazi, and the others stared at the Go board.

In the blink of an eye, two hundred moves had passed.

Gu Hai stared at the Go board, immersed in it. As he studied it, he frowned.

Although this was not Old Mister Guan Qi’s World Go Puzzle, he could tell that this sage’s Go skills only barely reached the level of the Thirty-One Line-Pair World Go Puzzle—just barely, even weaker than the earlier Wu Yazi’s.

“Hurry, move faster. It’s your turn!” that sage shouted.

However, Gu Hai frowned at the sage before him. Is it that this sage’s Go skills are low, or have my Go skills improved that much?

“What are you staring for? Are you going to admit defeat?” that sage said coldly.

Clack!

Gu Hai played a Go stone and said, “Thank you for going easy!”

“Thank you for going easy? You…huh?!” That sage felt furious at first. Then, he looked at the Go board in shock. This…how did the situation on the Go board change so suddenly?

“No! That’s impossible! How did I lose?” that sage said in shock.

“Gu Hai wins the first match. Will heaven verify this? The sage loses his recommendation talisman to Gu Hai!” Ninth Young Master shouted.

“How can this be?! How can this be?!” the sage exclaimed in horror as he gazed at the Go board.

“What do you mean how can this be? A loss is a loss. Losing to my brother-in-law is not embarrassing. Hurry up! Hand over your recommendation talisman!” Long Wanyu scolded.

“Young lass!” That sage flew into a rage out of humiliation.

“Sage, please conduct yourself properly!” Ninth Young Master called out.

“Humph!” that sage snorted coldly.

Boom!

A recommendation talisman appeared in the sky. Then, the recommendation talisman sent a beam of light at Gu Hai, encasing him.

“Mister Gu won?” The spectators felt startled.

“Mister Gu won, indeed. It turns out that these sages are nothing much, after all!”

“Mister Gu won so easily? Doesn’t that mean that he can defeat all the sages with time?”

“As long as there is time, Mister Gu can keep winning?”

The Qian Nation citizens felt happy for Gu Hai, and the Qian Nation officials were thrilled.

Since Gu Hai could win one, he could win a second. He just had to take his time.

“Humph!” that sage snorted coldly as he flung his sleeves out while returning to the noble spirit sea.

“Gu Hai just got lucky!” Yehua said, not buying it.

Ninth Young Master, Gongyang Sheng, and the other hosts felt happy.

“Mister Gu, do you need to rest for a while?” Ninth Young Master asked.

“There’s no need. Please call for ten sages this time,” Gu Hai said while shaking his head.

“What?” everyone said, feeling shocked.

“I don’t know whether the sages’ Go skills are only so strong, or if their Go skills have diminished due to having only heavenly souls, but I feel that the sage I just played was too weak.”

“Lad, how audacious of you!”

“How dare you?!”

“You bastard! How dare you belittle me like that?!”

The sages roared furiously.

Naturally, this caused a commotion among the spectators as well.

“How bold!”

“Isn’t Mister Gu being too presumptuous?”

Ninth Young Master ignored the sages’ furious roars and the clamor of the spectators. He frowned and said, “Mister Gu, if you play ten matches at the same time, you will have to split your attention into ten. It will be easy to make mistakes. Why not play them one match at a time? That way, victory would be guaranteed.”

“There’s no need. Bring them on.” Gu Hai shook his head.

“Alright!” Ninth Young Master nodded.

Ninth Young Master turned his head and looked at the sky. “As the Go Dao host, I call on ten sages to face Gu Hai in Go for the second match!”

“Humph! I’ll do it!”

“Sage Liu only got careless earlier. Ignorant Gu Hai, let me teach you a lesson!”

“You overestimate yourself. To think that you want to challenge ten of us simultaneously!”

Ten sages flew to the plaza in a rage.

Suddenly, ten Go boards appeared before Gu Hai, lined up in a row.

“Everyone, I will continue to go first like earlier!” Gu Hai said with a smile.

“Humph! Now, you know to act humble? It’s useless now. Watch as I teach you a lesson,” a Go Dao sage said coldly.

Gu Hai extended his hand, tossing out ten black Go stones.

Clack!

Ten black Go stones fell neatly on the tengen position of the ten Go boards.

The sages felt startled.

“You are playing ten games simultaneously and not one at a time?” a sage said in shock.

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Even though it was still playing ten sages at the same time, playing the games in turn allowed one more time to think. It would just be shifting one’s attention around the ten games. On the other hand, the way Gu Hai played would require him to think about all ten games simultaneously and remember every change in all ten boards. The difficulty increased by more than tenfold this way.

“Humph!” the sages snorted coldly.

Clack! Clack! Clack! Clack!

The ten sages played their moves.

Clack!

Gu Hai tossed out ten more black Go stones, which landed simultaneously.

The sages stared at Gu Hai coldly, thinking that Gu Hai was humiliating them.

However, Gu Hai ignored them, playing on.

The entire Heavenly Yin City kept quiet as everyone watched Gu Hai face ten sages simultaneously.

In the north, Lifespan Beiming said, “Your Holy Eminence, I recall that Old Mister Guan Qi played like this back then.

Sima Zongheng said, “Back then, Old Mister Guan Qi said that the sages’ Go skills should not be only this high. It seems they are much weaker than when they were alive.”

Leaning on his throne, the Qian Heavenly Emperor looked at the plaza coldly and said, “That is because Heaven took away a portion of the sages’ Go skills.”

“Heaven took some away? That can be taken away?” Long Shenwu said in shock.

The Qian Heavenly Emperor narrowed his eyes as he raised his head. “Heaven can take anything away. There is nothing impossible as he is Heaven.”

“Huh?” Long Shenwu and the surrounding officials appeared confused.

Gu Hai continued tossing out ten black Go stones. Close to two hundred moves later, Gu Hai said indifferently, “Everyone, thank you for going easy!”

Clack!

Gu Hai played ten black Go stones simultaneously.

“No! How could it be like this?” The ten sages glared at their Go boards.

The sages in the sky felt shocked. “The same as one thousand years ago? That’s impossible. It was already enough that Old Mister Guan Qi appeared. How could there be another one?”

“Brother-in-Law, you are so incredible!” Long Wanyu called out excitedly.

Seeing Gu Hai play, Long Wanyu instinctively found him very cool. Brother-in-Law is very cool!

Boom! Boom!

Recommendation talismans immediately appeared. Ten recommendation talismans shone dazzling light on Gu Hai; Gu Hai had won again.

Now, the spectators burst into a commotion.

“It turns out that the sages’ Go skills are only so-so. To think they can still be judges?”

“Mister Gu is incredible! Hahaha!”

“The sages are only so-so!”

“This challenge seems too easy. I can do it too!”

“You? Forget it! That is because Mister Gu possesses incredible Go skills!”

The spectators caused a lot of noise, but they suddenly fell silent at Gu Hai’s next words.

“The Go skills of ten sages are insufficient. Sorry to trouble the host, but I want to face one hundred this time,” Gu Hai said gravely.

Challenge one hundred?

The spectators stared at Gu Hai in silence. The sages who just lost flung their sleeves out and shouted, “Lad, you are going too far!”

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“Humph!”

The ten sages soared back into the sky.

Ninth Young Master looked at Gu Hai somewhat worriedly. “Mister Gu, isn’t playing ten simultaneously fine? What if…”

“The Go skills of one sage barely reaches the level of the Thirty-One Line-Pair World Go Puzzle at best. Simultaneously playing ten sages brings the difficulty into the Thirty-One Line-Pair World Go Puzzle’s level properly. However, it is still quite inferior to Wu Yazi’s peak Thirty-One. Ten sages together are no match for Wu Yazi. Don’t worry. I will play to the best of my abilities. This time, I want to play one hundred simultaneously,” Gu Hai said.

DragonInWhite's Notes:

Chapters for May: 01 / 30

Remember, release rates are lowered and we are just doing 30 a month (daily chaps) now.

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Written by Guan Qi — Watching Chess. Translated by DragonInWhite. Edited by Vampirecat.