Otherworldly Evil Monarch - chapter-967
If he did not say this sentence, although Qi Wan Jie was cautious, he
wouldn’t help but suspect the authenticity of this. But Jun Mo Xie had
said to so frankly, causing Qi Wan Jie’s suspicions to be reduced
greatly, and the caution in his heart to increased nine folds!
An ordinary chess player would not dare to casually speak of the name of
the Grandmaster of the art of Chess, just like how a top expert in Xuan
cultivation did not dare to blaspheme the Nine Nether First Young Master.
But Jun Mo Xie was mentioning Hua Wu Cuo so casually right now, so there
could only be one reason: that is Jun Mo Xie was really not bothered by
Hua Wu Cuo, or at the very least, he didn’t view Hua Wu Cuo as an
existence that he could not surpass!
If that were truly the case, what did this suggest! Could it be that Mo
Jun Ye’s skills at chess were at such a terrifying standard?!
“I believe Brother Mo is not someone that nonsensical!” Qi Wan
Jie’s tone instantly weakened by three folds.
“Brother Qi doesn’t have to be concerned; I’m ashamed to be saying
this. Back then, I had played three rounds against Hua Wu Cuo… Hahaha,
without a choice, losing with a difference of a single piece… Hua Wu
Cuo’s chess skills are truly worthy of being number one across all
times! Truly, no one can compare ah! I am fascinated in the path of chess
and rarely get defeated, but when met with true experts, I still can’t
avoid defeat! Today, I am fortunate enough to meet the chess champion of
the Misty Illusory Manor, so I hope that Brother Qi can defeat me, just
like Brother Hua did!” Jun Mo Xie said slowly, in a tone as if he were
recalling the past.
Qi Wan Jie was speechless. But the look of caution in his eyes got
heavier and heavier!
He, against Hua Wu Cuo, managed to determine a victor after three rounds!
In other words, amongst the three games, he had won once! I may not have
met Hua Wu Cuo, and never played against him, but I studied all the chess
records of matches that Hua Wu Cuo had played before. Although it isn’t
all of it, but at the very least, there are about eighty or ninety
percent of it…
Hua Wu Cuo’s skills are indeed a profound mystery, and his manner of
playing chess is majestic and upright. He is definitely not one who
avoids dangers and demands for a fluke, and he has great foresight; in
his magnanimity, there is no lack of meticulousness. If not for this, how
could he create the legendary record of never being defeated. I may be
conceited, but I do admit that I am not as good as this person!
And this Mo Jun Ye is actually capable of playing against Hua Wu Cuo for
three rounds, only losing the long match with a difference of a single
piece… That meant that his chess skills are rather close to Hua Wu
Cuo’s. Even though there is a difference, but it shouldn’t be big…
Then doesn’t mean that me playing with an expert like this has no
chance of victory?
“Back then, when the game ended, Brother Wu Cuo deeply moved,
said…” Jun Mo Xie maintained his mile, addressing that Chess Saint he
had never met before as ‘Brother Wu Cuo’. “The thousand years
history is often empty; the world from ancient times to now is merely a
game of chess!”
“The thousand years history is often empty; the world from ancient
times to now is merely a game of chess!” Qi Wan Jie silently repeated,
suddenly feeling sweat trickle down. His gaze began to look flustered.
Because he could tell from this simple poetic line, the magnanimity of
this Chess Saint Hua Wu Cuo!
The art of chess had an inseparable relationship with the breadth of mind
of the person himself. If one’s breadth of mind was not wide enough,
then he would only be focused on the gains and losses in that moment. He
would forever be unable to achieve great achievements in the path of
chess. But if you only focused on the greater picture and forgot about
the momentarily gains and losses, you would forever be unable to obtain
Only when both of these were combined perfectly, could the person be a
top chess player in name and meaning!
Qi Wan Jie knew that he was still far from reaching this level!
The world from ancient times to now is merely a game of chess! What sort
of open mindedness is this!
“I admit that I’m nowhere near Senior Hua’s breadth of mind…”
Qi Wan Jie sighed, feeling his iron fortress of confidence unconsciously
developing an opening… Through the recount by the other party, it was
slowly breaking down…
“After Brother Wu Cuo exclaimed, he suddenly burst out in laughter and
said, Little Mo, this old man suddenly thought of a first line of a
couplet. I’ve met you today, so I shall test you: how’s that?” Jun
Mo Xie noticed the falter in Qi Wan Jie’s mental state, secretly
rejoicing internally. But he did not show it on his face and calmly
continued to chase after this cornered enemy.
“May I ask what is that first line of the couplet?” Qi Wan Jie
couldn’t help but ask. He was not the only one curious; everyone
present perked up their ears. Jun Mo Xie was one who knew how to tell
stories; this story that had never happened before, through his
performance, had become one that was vivid realistic, causing everyone
who was present feel the urge to continue listening.
Anyone who heard of this would feel that this was something that had
truly happened before! Everyone’s feeling was the same as Qi Wan Jie,
not believing it at first, then skeptical, then suspicious, then to the
state of believing it completely…
“En, I had also asked Brother Wu Cuo this same question. ‘What is the
first line of the couplet?” Jun Mo Xie revealed a look of admiration.
“Brother Wu Cuo said: Heaven as the chessboard, stars as chess pieces.
Who is able to play it?”
“This is the first line of the couplet!” After Jun Mo Xie had said
this, the entire place was silent. Everyone had a frown as they dwelled
in deep thoughts.
“Heaven as the chessboard, stars as chess pieces. Who is able to play
it?! How magnanimous is this line of a couplet ah…” Qi Wan Jie let
out a long sigh as he focused in his thoughts. He had always thought
highly of himself, and his goal in life was to overtake Senior Hua Wu
Cuo. Now Hua Wu Cuo had come up with a first line of a couplet, he
naturally would have to work out the next line that matched it. If he
couldn’t come up with it, then didn’t that mean that he had no hopes
of catching up to Hua Wu Cuo in this entire life?
Right now, although he was sitting before the chessboard, there was no
longer any desire to win or lose in his heart. Or perhaps to say, he had
completely forgotten about this match. All his mind was preoccupied about
this first line of the couplet!
Qi Wan Jie was not like Lin Qing Yin. He had his position as the chess
champion of the Mo Jun Ye. Even the powerful Zhan Family could not
threaten and force him. But he had his weaknesses. Zhan Yu Shu had given
him many things and promised him more, as long as he helped the Zhan
Family win the Free and Natural Physique. Then, he could gain countless
benefits, and that was what he had always dreamt of obtaining.
Power, position, beauty, money… As long as he won today, Zhan Yu Shu
would absolutely give it to him!
These were things that people could not get even if they work hard for
the entire life! Naturally, Qi Wan Jie desired it!
But the thing he desired the most was still the highest honor and repute
from the art of chess—to challenge Hua Wu Cuo and defeat Hua Wu Cuo!
This was the highest ambition and ideal he had been chasing after since
Between these two things, there was no place for them to be compared
Everyone present was a talent, some in literature and poetry. Even those
judges were all furrowing their brows and mumbling to themselves. This
was a first line of a couplet that had come from the Chess Saint! And the
open heartedness hidden in the meaning of this line made those who were
listening feel deeply moved!
Heaven as the chessboard, stars as chess pieces. Who is able to play it?
The first line of a couplet like this, so absolute in its words. Who
could be capable of matching it?
Qi Wan Jie’s mind began to wander, completely engrossed in his
thoughts. Unknowingly, a thin layer of sweat had formed on his forehead
and his complexion began to turn pale. Amongst all those present here,
there was no doubt that he was the one most bothered by this!
Because this half of a couplet had come from Hua Wu Cuo!
Just at this moment, he only heard Mo Jun Ye sighly regrettably.
“It’s a pity… Brother Wu Cuo has come up with this first line for
me, but even until now, I still haven’t been able to think of the next
line that follows… Ai…” This sigh sounded full of disappointment.
Qi Wan Jie’s jolted to his senses. He couldn’t suppress a smirk that
was appearing on his face. If you’re capable of matching it, then will
I still be able to shine? If only you can’t come up with it, yet I just
managed to, then it’ll prove that I’m stronger than you! It’ll
prove that I’m on the same level as Hua Wu Cuo and stand above you…
Hua Wu Cuo, the Chess Saint—how the rest of the world knows him as. I
refuse to accept it! The absolute line that you’ve come up with, I will
match it no matter what! Just like your reputation of the supreme Chess
Saint! One day, sooner or later, it will become mine! It’ll belong to
I, Qi Wan Jie!
Qi Wan Jie was squeezing all his brain juice thinking of how to come up
with a line that matched this first line of the couplet…
Just when his brain was about to turn into knots from his thinking, he
suddenly heard a pa sound from in front of him. Mo Jun Ye asked.
“Brother Qi, when are you planning to make me wait until? When will
this game of chess begin?”
Qi Wan Jie opened his eyes in a daze, only realizing that he was sitting
before a chessboard, and the prodigy with the Free and Natural Physique
was seated opposite him, looking at him with a sharp look in his eyes.
He was holding onto a bunch of chess pieces in his hands, clearly waiting
for Qi Wan Jie to start…
“Do what?” Qi Wan Jie asked in a daze. He had not completely snapped
out of the thoughts of the couplet yet.
“Determine who to go first ah… Don’t tell me you don’t even know
this?” Jun Mo Xie was cackling away inwardly. Looks like this
fellow’s mind has wandered off already…
“Who goes first?… Oh, yes yes, who gets to go first.” Qi Wan Jie
subconsciously picked up a chess piece from the container and place it on
Jun Mo Xie opened up his hand, and the chess pieces scattered onto the
chessboard. “One pair, two pair, three pairs… Just nice; there are
six, looks like I’ve set up the game. Brother Qi, I’ve gone easy
“Oh…” Qi Wan Jie was still deep in his thoughts. Heaven as the
chessboard, stars as chess pieces. Who is able to play it? Who is able to
play it? A line that was impossible to be matched, so how could a correct
second line be produced? And what sort item would be able to match the
beauty of the heavens and stars? The stars are the chess pieces; the
heaven is the board. How was it to be rhymed?
Another pa sound rang out, and when he looked over, there was one more
black piece on the chessboard, landing on the top right star point.
The opponent had struck!
Qi Wan Jie suddenly regained a moment of clarity in his mind, and without
any hesitation, he matched a piece at the bottom left corner.
Pa! Another black chess piece landed on the top left star point!
“What sort of beginning is this?” Qi Wan Jie had become famous
through chess, but he had never met with such an odd way of opening a
game. This position was a little far to be said to be keeping to the
corner… calling it surrounding the center, it’s not quite… if
it’s occupying the sides… it still doesn’t make sense…
In the art of chess, there was a saying of ‘the corners are gold, the
sides are silver, and the center is grass; yet the opponent’s current
tactics at placing his pieces was beyond all of Qi Wan Jie’s prior
knowledge and comprehension.
What he didn’t know was that it was the one thing he had never seen it
before. But placing the pieces at the star points was the best method
that had been invented after hundreds of years for watching from the
corners, aiming for the sides and dominating the center!