Daniel Pratzer, Morris Pratzer
“Grandmaster” is a book about a boy named Daniel Pratzer, who was entered into a father-son chess tournament by two people in his chess club, Eric Chisolm and Brad Kinney. They said that his father, Morris William Pratzer, was a grandmaster in chess, and they threatened him to make him bring his father. When Daniel asked his father to come, he was enraged, but then calmed down after a while. Morris agreed to go. He was a young grandmaster 29 years ago, but he had quit because he couldn’t control himself. He didn’t tell Daniel any more though. What he did do was help Daniel practice playing chess so he could be ready for the tournament. The next day, Daniel’s mom, Ruth, helped him pack, and he and Morris headed to the Palace Royal Hotel, where they’d stay for the three days of the tournament. They stayed in the luxurious club floor with the rest of their team, the Mind Cripplers. Before the first round of the tournament, Morris delivered the team prayer, wishing the team good luck. Daniel lost his first round to a girl named Liu, who he quickly became friends with. Morris won his first game as well. At the second round, Morris told his son that he had done bad things when he used to play chess, including choking his opponent. Ruth came to the hotel to make sure he didn’t lose control again. Finally, it was the last day, and the last round. Daniel beat his opponent, a rude master. Grandmaster Pratzer went up against his old rival, George Liszt. He taunted Morris, causing him to run away, contrary to what Daniel thought he’d do- physically attack him. He and Liu ran to the top of the roof to find Morris at the edge. Daniel saved his father, and they all went back downstairs. Morris won the game against George, causing him to attack the referee with a chair and get disqualified. This triumph allowed the Mind Cripplers to go home with the trophies. When Daniel went back to school, and to his chess club, he was treated with respect, and he had more friends. He was proud to know that his father was a chess grandmaster.