Definition of grand master in English:

grand master

noun

  • 1A chess player of the highest class, especially one who has won an international tournament.

    • ‘Preferably, it has been written by a grandmaster or international master who actually plays the line in question.’
    • ‘The authors do a fine job of discussing important chess topics with an interesting mix of chess grandmasters.’
    • ‘Most players are fascinated with the way that grandmasters think about chess, and this book provides an enjoyable glimpse into the way 12 strong players approach chess ideas and their way of thinking about them.’
    • ‘She speaks fourteen languages and is a chess grandmaster.’
    • ‘He hopes Russian grandmaster and former world chess champion Gary Kasparov will give guest lectures.’
    • ‘In 1996, he was the youngest player to ever defeat a grandmaster.’
    • ‘He was the only American world title holder and, according to a consensus of grandmasters, the best chess player in history.’
    • ‘Her mother Joan, by the way, is the sister of chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer.’
    • ‘Our well-known English grandmaster has written one of the best basic endgame books I've ever seen.’
    • ‘Their best player was the French grandmaster Etienne Bacrot, who won all 11 games.’
    • ‘He is like the chess grandmaster who is always planning many moves in advance, with his sharpness of vision, both in terms of running and thinking.’
    • ‘Like a chess grandmaster, I try to work several moves in advance.’
    • ‘When was the last time you heard a grandmaster admit that many areas of tactical play involves a certain degree of luck?’
    • ‘As the first English grandmaster, Miles was a trailblazer in his country's move back to the top of international chess.’
    • ‘Like a chess grandmaster, you would attempt to keep control of the game at all times.’
    • ‘You had to play at least two musical instruments, play chess to grandmaster level and be fluent in classical Greek just to get on the list for entry.’
    • ‘English grandmaster Jon Speelman brings his highly original games and concepts to your chessboard in this excellent book.’
    • ‘The winner of the tournament was grandmaster Alexander Ivanov.’
    • ‘Miles was England's first grandmaster and one of its most successful players ever.’
    • ‘Their most famous player, Fridrik Olafsson, became Iceland's first grandmaster in 1958.’
  • 2The head of an order of chivalry or of Freemasons.

    • ‘Trying to soften the Grand Master, he suggests the Order's punishment be fair and cautious, but he cannot change the angry man's mind.’
    • ‘All the order's senior officers, including the Grand Master, were killed in a crushing defeat that halted the order's eastward advance permanently.’
    • ‘The highlight of next year's celebrations is due to be a visit by the Grand Master of English Freemasonry, the Duke of Kent.’
    • ‘The Grand Master had sent riders in all directions to search for any possible allies, but only two of the ten scouts had returned, and each bearing the same news: there was no one to be found.’
    • ‘The house dates back two hundred years and was built by the local Grand Master of the Freemasons.’
    • ‘Most of the original Grand Masters in my country were priests in the Lutheran Protestant church (our national church).’
    • ‘He then orders the Grand Master to leave with his Templars.’
    • ‘The famous King Henry the Navigator was a known Grand Master of the Order.’
    • ‘A Grand Master of the Knights Templar, Jacques de Molay was executed, with the tacit approval of Pope Clement V, by Philip the Fair of France in 1314.’

Pronunciation:

grand master

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