Keywords: MiddleGame, Go term

Dragon has two meanings within the Go community:

Chinese: 大龙 (da4 long2); 龙 (long2)
Japanese: 大石 (Ooishi)
Korean: 대마 (Daema)

1. A dragon is a long connected shape spanning large areas of the board. Usually dragons share the same liberties in one long connected shape but in general they are just long shapes that span a large part of the board.

Black's Dragon  

This is a dragon without any stones around it. Usually dragons are mostly surrounded, and don't fence in much territory.

Then again you have dragons which are not technically dragons:

White 1 Completes a Dragon  

2. Dragon is the (short) name for a turn-based Go server: The Dragon Go Server (DGS).

Dieter: I don't know in English but in Dutch when we say een draak van een partij (a dragonlike game) we mean a very ugly game.

Patrick Traill: Een draak van een (iets) is of course a standard Dutch expression for a not very appealing/satisfactory (something), and so has nothing to do with the idea of a long snaky group. In English we have An old dragon for an intimidating older woman, probably with some form of authority, but we do not have the Dutch construction. I doubt that Germans use Drache the way the Dutch use draak they just have the alter Drache as in English.

unkx80: Chinese players will call both of the examples above as dragons.

Dragon last edited by PJTraill on January 28, 2018 - 22:57
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