Definition of grand master in English:

grand master

noun

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

    • ‘The winner of the tournament was grandmaster Alexander Ivanov.’
    • ‘As the first English grandmaster, Miles was a trailblazer in his country's move back to the top of international chess.’
    • ‘Her mother Joan, by the way, is the sister of chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer.’
    • ‘Miles was England's first grandmaster and one of its most successful players ever.’
    • ‘Our well-known English grandmaster has written one of the best basic endgame books I've ever seen.’
    • ‘Like a chess grandmaster, I try to work several moves in advance.’
    • ‘The authors do a fine job of discussing important chess topics with an interesting mix of chess grandmasters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Preferably, it has been written by a grandmaster or international master who actually plays the line in question.’
    • ‘In 1996, he was the youngest player to ever defeat a grandmaster.’
    • ‘English grandmaster Jon Speelman brings his highly original games and concepts to your chessboard in this excellent book.’
    • ‘When was the last time you heard a grandmaster admit that many areas of tactical play involves a certain degree of luck?’
    • ‘She speaks fourteen languages and is a chess grandmaster.’
    • ‘He was the only American world title holder and, according to a consensus of grandmasters, the best chess player in history.’
    • ‘Their best player was the French grandmaster Etienne Bacrot, who won all 11 games.’
    • ‘He hopes Russian grandmaster and former world chess champion Gary Kasparov will give guest lectures.’
    • ‘Their most famous player, Fridrik Olafsson, became Iceland's first grandmaster in 1958.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    expert, past master, master, master hand, genius, virtuoso, maestro, doyen, artist, professional, veteran, old hand
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  • 2The head of an order of chivalry or of 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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The house dates back two hundred years and was built by the local Grand Master of the 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.’
    • ‘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 famous King Henry the Navigator was a known Grand Master of the Order.’

Pronunciation

grand master

/ɡrænd ˈmæstər//ɡrand ˈmastər/