grand master


Definition of grand master

1 : the chief officer of a principal lodge in various fraternal orders (such as Freemasonry)
2 : an expert player (as of chess) who has consistently scored high in international competition

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Recent Examples on the Web Van Wely is a chess grand master and Dutch chess champion, who was once ranked in the top 10 chess players in the world. Maria Konnikova, The Atlantic, "How I Became a Poker Champion in One Year," 23 June 2020 Over the next 600 pages, Grayling proceeds to summarize the thinking of philosophy’s grand masters from the pre-Socratics to the modern analytic philosophers of language. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "A new book for ‘those who don’t want millions, but an answer to their questions’," 20 Nov. 2019 An updated grand master suite includes two walk-in closets, a spacious shower stall and a soaking tub for a total of six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Lauren Beale,, "Vintage SoCal: 1920s estate in La Cañada Flintridge is still the bee’s knees," 12 July 2019 Tom Lehman was the grand master of the TPC Twin Cities’ redesign to get the course PGA Tour-ready. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "3M Open: 60-year-old hometown hero Tom Lehman in contention after first round," 4 July 2019 Many other computer chess programs followed, each a little better than the last, until IBM's Deep Blue computer defeated chess grand master Garry Kasparov in May 1997. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Move over AlphaGo: AlphaZero taught itself to play three different games," 6 Dec. 2018 It could only be explained by some intricate notation, like a long chess game between grand masters. Stefan Beck, WSJ, "An Epic of Human Scale," 20 July 2018 The timed contest will have three divisions: junior — 10 and younger; youth — 11 to 15 years old; and grand masters — 17 and older. Sandy Guerra-cline, star-telegram, "The top 10 list: This weekend is going to be a blast, blast, blast," 27 June 2018 The mix is sure to be a favorite among fans of the grand master. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Sasha Drops Baile Remix, One of Two Unreleased Songs in 'fabric 99' Set: Exclusive," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of grand master

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Grand master.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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: an expert player in chess who has scored very high in international competition

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