Black History Month 2022-Day 26: IM Michael Schleifer
Playing on both sides of the border, Michael Schleifer was the top junior in Canada and rose through the ranks to compete in the Canadian Closed. Schleifer, known as “Schlee” to his friends, starred in the New York Open as a young master. He earned his FM title in 1997…Read More »
Black History Month 2022-Day 5: Wilbert Paige Memorial
NM Wilbert Paige (1959-1994)Photo by Jerry Bibuld One of the most important chess events in Black history had to have been the Wilbert Paige Memorial. The tournament was held in honor of Philadelphia master Wilbert Paige who died in 1994 in his mid-30s. A product of West Philadelphia High School…Read More »
2017 Jamaica International Chess Festival
Ambassador Dr. Nigel Clarke, Akshat Chandra, Qiyu Zhou, Andrew Holness, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Akshita Gorti, Awonder Liang, Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Maurice Ashley. Photo by Peter Myers (Jamaica Chess Federation) The inaugural Jamaican International Chess Festival kicked off on the 13th with a serious schedule of events. The…Read More »
“Today in Chess” launches!
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis have produced their first segment titled, “Today in Chess” which is hosted by GMs Yasser Seirawan, Maurice Ashley, Alejandro Ramirez and Canadian GM Eric Hansen. The segment primarily focused on the ongoing Candidate’s tournament currently taking place in Moscow, Russia. There…Read More »
1st IM Norm for Justus!
Justus Williams (right) faced Josh Colas in round six. That game would go four hours and Williams would prevail. Photo by John Upper. Justus Williams may be the most disappointed person ever to earn an IM norm and FM title. The 15-year old scholastic star competed in the North American…Read More »
NY Stars take on Canada!
Michael Song getting set to play Joshua Colas. Justus Williams on top board against William Graif. Photo by Guy Colas. Justus Williams and Joshua Colas recently returned from their first international trips to Brazil and Trinidad, respectively. Both had credible results and were intent on using the experience as preparation…Read More »
IM Michael Schleifer: 1967-2009
IM Michael Schleifer (Canada) Photo by Mark Dutton. It is with great sadness that I learned from Neil Sullivan of the death of International Master Michael Schleifer. According to a Canadian chess board, “Chess Talk“, someone placed a call into the Montreal City morgue to verify the story. Morgue officials…Read More »