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IM Michael Schleifer has been a top player in Canada many years having participated in several Canadian Championships. Those in the US may know Schleifer from his performance at the historic  Wilbert Paige Memorial Chess Tournament. He has been relatively quiet for the past couple of years, but is currently battling in the Canadian Closed and Zonal Chess Championships being held in Toronto, Canada.

In the 7th round, Schleifer finished a nice mating attack against
Hugues Mass putting him on at an outside shot for a top spot. He lost his last-round encounter and closed out on 5-3. Residing in the Quebec province, it is hopeful that the Canadian IM will resume his activity on the tournament trail.

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IM Michael Schleifer. Photo from

IM Michael Schleifer

Posted by The Chess Drum: 25 August 2006