tac·​ti·​cian | \tak-ˈti-shən \

Definition of tactician 

: one versed in tactics

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The experienced tactician has been in charge of Iran since 2011 and has taken the team to new heights. John Duerden, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup Countdown: Iran face tough draw after unbeaten qualifiers," 20 May 2018 Spieth is an intense tactician who is in constant dialogue with his caddy, Michael Greller. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Ryder Cup Teammates Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed Set for Pivotal Tie at the Match Play," 22 Mar. 2018 The German tactician had initially earmarked Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt as the man to fire Liverpool to silverware last season. SI.com, "Liverpool Could Revive Interest in German Star After Opting for Mohamed Salah Instead Last Summer," 1 July 2018 Undoubtedly, finding a strong tactician — someone who can adapt, be creative and maximize the talents of the players on the roster — is important. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GM Jon Horst, Bucks looking for right fit as coaching search begins," 4 May 2018 The third player is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a master tactician who for nearly a year blocked President Obama's final Supreme Court pick, Merrick Garland, leaving the vacancy for Trump to fill, with Gorsuch. Noah Bierman, latimes.com, "Trump's court appointments have been the smoothest part of his presidency — because he's had some help," 3 July 2018 Flush with another $10 million in personal funds, Republican gubernatorial contender David Stemerman is stocking up on political tacticians for the primary stretch. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "David Stemerman Tools Up Campaign For Primary Stretch," 30 June 2018 McConnell, the typically cool and unflappable Senate tactician, showed pique leaving the weekly luncheon. Time, "President Trump Is Making It Harder for Congress to Stop Family Separations," 19 June 2018 Today was a different story entirely, mainly because this is the U.S. Open, a tournament that tests golfers—even committed tacticians like DeChambeau—in ways no other event can. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Bryson DeChambeau, the Game’s Ultimate Tactician, Tested in Opening Round at Shinnecock," 14 June 2018

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1798, in the meaning defined above

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: someone who is good at making plans in order to achieve particular goals

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