Gobang is a strategic board game for two players. It is also known as igo (Japanese: 碁), weiqi (Chinese: 围棋) or baduk (Korean: 바둑).
The game was invented in China more than 2,500 years ago, possibly much earlier, and is the oldest game in the world that is still played the same way. The game was a pleasure for the Chinese elite and counted as one of a learned person four haves, (the four arts). The four arts (Chinese: 四 艺, pinyin: Siyi), also called "the learned four arts", were skills that were considered no more than fitting for a scholar in ancient China: string instrument Guqin, the board game Weiqi (go), calligraphy and painting.