Grandmaster follows Daniel, an average high school student who joins the high school's chess team. Not a good player at first, he is surprised to be invited to a weekend parent-child chess tournament. Daniel doesn't understand why his teammates want him to go so badly until he discovers that his father was once one of the most promising young Chess players in America. Daniel also learns that his dad couldn't handle the pressures of the game and had to eventually give up chess to save his own life and sanity.
As the story develops, readers learn why Daniel's father swore off chess forever, and explores Daniel's journey to discover chess for himself. The pasts of both characters are slowly revealed and although Daniel was really just looking for acceptance, the secrets he uncovers about his father will force him to make some surprising moves himself. Don't be surprised to like this book much more than anticipated. Grandmaster has been nominated for the 2016-2017 Young Adult Golden Sower Award.