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Alexandre Lesiege
A Lesiege 
Number of games in database: 299
Years covered: 1986 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2510
Highest rating achieved in database: 2613

Overall record: +104 -68 =93 (56.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 34 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E42 E55 E53 E45 E41
 King's Indian (21) 
    E99 E94 E67 E90 E60
 Semi-Slav (12) 
    D43 D44 D47 D45
 Slav (11) 
    D12 D10 D17 D16 D15
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D31 D37 D35 D30
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D85 D76 D74 D91 D79
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B84 B80 B90 B50 B96
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (22) 
    D27 D20 D26 D28 D29
 Sicilian Scheveningen (17) 
    B84 B80 B81 B83 B82
 King's Indian (11) 
    E94 E69 E92 E62 E75
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C95 C84 C93 C89 C78
 Semi-Slav (11) 
    D45 D47
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Lesiege vs K Moutousis, 1993 1/2-1/2
   A Lesiege vs I Zugic, 2001 1-0
   A Lesiege vs Sofia Polgar, 1995 1-0
   A Lesiege vs Svidler, 1992 1/2-1/2
   A Lesiege vs Z Kozul, 1990 1-0
   A Lesiege vs M Khassanov, 2001 1-0
   A Lesiege vs K Spraggett, 2001 1-0
   A Lesiege vs A A Zaremba, 2001 1-0
   A Lesiege vs M Khassanov, 2003 1-0
   B Socko vs A Lesiege, 2002 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Quebec Open (1996)
   World Open: Open Section (2003)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   Biel Interzonal (1993)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2001 Canadian championship by gauer
   Canadian Games by ruylopez900
   2001 Montreal by gauer
   1995 Bermuda by gauer

   🏆 PRO Chess League (Knock-Out)
   N Rosenthal vs A Lesiege (Mar-25-17) 1-0, rapid
   V Akobian vs A Lesiege (Mar-25-17) 0-1, rapid
   A Lesiege vs V Akobian (Mar-25-17) 1-0, rapid
   A Lesiege vs B Finegold (Mar-25-17) 1-0, rapid
   So vs A Lesiege (Mar-25-17) 1-0, rapid

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(born Aug-18-1975, 47 years old) Canada

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Grandmaster Alexandre Le Siège was born in Montreal on August 18, 1975. He has won three Canadian championships and represented Canada in World Championship qualifying events.

A chess prodigy, Alexandre was first introduced to the game at age six. He began playing in local events organized by the educational organization Chess 'N Math, and had a Candidate Master rating by age 11. His first important successes were in 1987-8, when he tied for 1st-2nd with Serge Gagnon in the Canadian Cadet Championship with 8/9, repeating in the year following (1988) with the same score for sole share of 1st. At age 14, he was winning the Canadian Junior Championship in 1989, and in 1991, he scored 8.5/9 in his 3rd win of a Canadian Cadet Championship.

At age 16 he won the 1992 Canadian Chess Championship at Kingston, Ontario, defeating grandmaster Kevin Spraggett in the key game, and this made him the second-youngest Canadian champion ever, after Daniel Abraham Yanofsky, who was also 16 when he won in 1941. He was awarded the IM title, and qualified for the 1993 Interzonal Tournament at Biel, Switzerland.

Le Siège won the Canadian title again in 1999 at Brantford and in 2001 at Montreal with a tie-break match held in Brantford. He earned his third GM norm at the 1999 Quebec Open in Montreal, making him the first Canadian Francophone to earn the highest title in chess. He represented Canada in Olympiad Team chess events, twice on top board, with success.

Le Siège had been virtually retired from competitive chess until a match(2) with Evgeny Bareev in 2015 saw him return. Le Siège scored 4.5 (+4-3=1) at 3rd board for the Canadian Olympiad team in 2016 and won the (2nd place went to past Canadian Olympiad team member Bator Sambuev and top seed as of June) Championnat Ouvert du Québec(4) in July.


He accumulated 28 points in 50 team Bled Olympiad (2002) games (other olympiads attended: 1992, 1998-2002 - the 2 most latter as high as 1st board).

He joins Fabiano Caruana, Eric Hansen, Michael Kleinman, Aman Hambleton, Lefong Hua, Elias Oussedik and Robin van Kampen on the Montreal Chessbrahs(5) team.

References / Sources

(1) (Olympiad & team chess chronological archives),

(2) (Canadian zone site),

(3) Wikipedia article: Alexandre Lesiege (player summary in wikipedia),


(5) (joining their PRO chess league team).

Last updated: 2016-12-02 19:49:34

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 339  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Zalys vs A Lesiege 1-0421986Quebec-ch qual. 1C77 Ruy Lopez
2. I Ivanov vs A Lesiege  ½-½671988Ch. InvitationE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
3. A Lesiege vs Deep Thought 0-1541988Long BeachB02 Alekhine's Defense
4. Y Dokhoian vs A Lesiege  0-146198917th World OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
5. A Lesiege vs Epishin  ½-½28198917th World OpenB83 Sicilian
6. L Tapper vs A Lesiege  ½-½20198917th World OpenC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
7. A Lesiege vs Y Gruenfeld  0-142198917th World OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
8. A Lesiege vs J Bonin  ½-½461989New York OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
9. A Lesiege vs Shamkovich  0-1421989New York OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
10. M Ashley vs A Lesiege  1-0511989New York OpenA16 English
11. Wojtkiewicz vs A Lesiege  ½-½67198917th World OpenE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
12. Benjamin vs A Lesiege  1-0691990Toronto1E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
13. B Nickoloff vs A Lesiege  1-0291990Toronto1E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
14. A Lesiege vs Z Kozul 1-0611990Toronto1D73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
15. A Lesiege vs Vaganian  0-1481990Toronto1E20 Nimzo-Indian
16. A Lesiege vs V Kovacevic  ½-½541990Toronto1D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Tukmakov vs A Lesiege  0-1421990Toronto1E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
18. C McNab vs A Lesiege  0-140199014th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
19. M Hebden vs A Lesiege  ½-½114199014th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. A Lesiege vs Janjghava  ½-½80199014th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
21. P K Wells vs A Lesiege  ½-½25199014th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. A Lesiege vs G Sachs  ½-½60199014th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE20 Nimzo-Indian
23. A Lesiege vs A Kosten  0-1231992Hyeres opE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
24. A Lesiege vs I Farago  0-1301992Hyeres opE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
25. J Degraeve vs A Lesiege  1-0351992Parthenay opB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Apr-03-04  ruylopez900: Canadian players for sure don't have sponsors. and most don't make that much they probably pay for expenses from their own pocket, though the CFC reimburses their travel costs for select tournaments.
Oct-16-04  ruylopez900: Does anyone know if LeSiege is playing on Canada's Olympiad team this year? Just wondering since neither he or Spraggett played in the first round (though we did win the match 4-0).
Oct-17-04  refutor: accordign to he was late getting his passport so as of the today (second round) he wasn't there. canada beat albania 3½-½ today and has a score of 7½ and will likely take on a terrific team next round
Oct-17-04  ruylopez900: Alright, thanks refutor.
Oct-17-04  tldr3: GM Spraggett left the team for "health reasons" 2wks. ago. GM LeSeige will not be playing either. He has been replaced by captain IM Brian Hartman.
Oct-17-04  ruylopez900: <tldr3> Thanks for the info. Kinda sad, but we've got plently of stars waiting to take over! :)
Jan-07-05  MonsieurL: Is Lesiege living in Montreal right now? I'd love to get some lessons in French AND chess! :)
Jan-09-05  refutor: i believe he is
Feb-09-05  TheWhiteRider: I read that Lesiege's favorite game was against Zdenko Kozul in 1990 in Mississauga (Canada). "" doesn't have that game. Would anybody have that game?
Feb-09-05  vonKrolock: <TheWhiteRider>:
Lesiege vs Kozul 1990 place?
1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 g6
3. Nf3 Bg7
4. g3 d5
5. Bg2 dxc4
6. O-O c6
7. Nc3 O-O
8. e4 b5
9. Re1 a6
10. e5 Nd5
11. a4 Nxc3
12. bxc3 Be6
13. axb5 cxb5
14. Ng5 Bd5
15. e6 f5
16. Nf7 Rxf7
17. exf7+ Kxf7
18. Rxe7+ Kxe7
19. Bg5+ Bf6
20. Qe2+ Kf8
21. Bh6+ Bg7
22. Qe5 Bxh6
23. Bxd5 Bd2
24. Bxa8 Bxc3
25. Rd1 Nd7
26. Qh8+ Ke7
27. Qxh7+ Kd6
28. Qxg6+ Qf6
29. Qg8 Qe6
30. Qg5 Kc7
31. Qf4+ Kb6
32. Qf3 Bb2
33. Bd5 Qd6
34. Re1 Qb4
35. Re6+ Ka5
36. Qf4 Nb6
37. Bf3 Qc3
38. d5 Qc1+
39. Qxc1 Bxc1
40. d6 b4
41. Re5+ Ka4
42. d7 Nxd7
43. Bc6+ Kb3
44. Bxd7 c3
45. Bxf5 Bd2
46. Ra5 c2
47. Bxc2+ Kxc2
48. Rxa6 b3
49. Rb6 Ba5
50. Rb5 b2
51. f4 Kc3
52. Rxb2 Kxb2
53. Kf2 Kc3
54. Ke3 Kc4
55. Ke4 Kc5
56. Ke5 Kc6
57. Ke6 Kc7
58. f5 Kd8
59. Kf7 Bc7
60. g4 Bf4
61. h4 1-0
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  IMlday: It was played in Mississauga, Ontario, at the Croatia Club.
Feb-12-05  TheWhiteRider: Thank you for this game vonKrolock, I looked it up and found it very interesting. Chessgame should add it to their database. I believe it could even be in Lesiège notable games.
Feb-16-05  vonKrolock: <TheWhiteRider> merci for - <IMlday> Thanks for the detailed information!
Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Alexandre's games:
Mar-24-06  vesivialvy93: WHERE IS HE RIGHT NOW ?????
No game since 2003 in this database and he left the game for poker !!!!

WHY ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

May-07-06  refutor: <WHY????????????????????????????????>

more money in poker

May-07-06  Jim Bartle: "more money in poker"

And much of it your own, which you just may lose.

Jun-17-06  Avion: Nah, that dude can play poker as he plays chess....
May-01-07  lentil: why does the 'biography' not mention (at least) that lesiege is a GM?
May-01-07  nummerzwei: Because it isn´t a biography at all, but just a name and a date of birth?
Aug-18-08  ravel5184: Hipy papy bthuthdth thuthda bthuthdy!
Sep-18-08  BIDMONFA: Alexandre Lesiege

LESIEGE, Alexandre

Mar-08-10  PhilFeeley: <lentil: why does the 'biography' not mention (at least) that lesiege is a GM?> If he's a GM even FIDE doesn't know about it. He's been removed from the Canadian list there. Strange. He worked really hard to earn it then disappeared from the chess scene altogether.
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  perfidious: <Jim Bartle: "more money in poker"

And much of it your own, which you just may lose.>

Or not.

Can't wait to get back at it, once the government moralists/haters wake up and realise it will be another source of income.

<PhilFeeley: <lentil: why does the 'biography' not mention (at least) that lesiege is a GM?> If he's a GM even FIDE doesn't know about it.>

Come again? FIDE awarded him the title, as stated in his bio.

<He's been removed from the Canadian list there. Strange. He worked really hard to earn it then disappeared from the chess scene altogether.>

Lesiege is by no means the only GM I've known who's done this.

Little things such as a more lucrative career (Ilya Gurevich, to name only one) go a long way.

It's idealistic and all to be willing to well nigh starve for one's art, but I don't blame anyone for giving up chess for something else.

Jan-21-14  PhilFeeley: How is it that this game is not here?

[Event "CAN-ch zt"]
[Site "Richmond"]
[Date "2002.03.26"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Spraggett, Kevin"]
[Black "Lesiege, Alexandre"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B85"]
[WhiteElo "2541"]
[BlackElo "2572"]
[PlyCount "88"]
[EventDate "2002.03.21"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2001.11.25"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Be7 < Defensa Siciliana < Variante Scheveningen >> 8. f4 O-O 9. Be3 Nc6 10. Kh1 Qc7 11. Qe1 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 b5 13. a3 Bb7 14. Qg3 Bc6 15. Rad1 <15. Bf3 a5 16. Nd1 !?> 15... Rad8 16. Bf3 a5 17. Rfe1 b4 $2 18. axb4 axb4 19. Nd5 $1 exd5 20. exd5 Ba8 21. Rxe7 $1 Qxe7 22. Re1 Qxe1+ <22... Qd7 23. Bxf6 g6 24. Qg5 > 23. Qxe1 Nxd5 24. Qg3 f6 25. Be4 Rfe8 26. Bd3 Re7 27. Qh4 h6 28. Qg3 Rde8 29. h3 Kf8 30. f5 Rd8 31. Kg1 Bc6 32. Kf2 Rb7 33. Bc4 Ne7 34. Qd3 Rbb8 35. g4 Be8 36. Qe3 Bf7 37. Bxf6 gxf6 38. Qxh6+ Ke8 39. Bb5+ Rxb5 40. Qxf6 Rc5 41. c3 bxc3 42. bxc3 Nd5 43. Qh8+ Ke7 44. Qh4+ Nf6 0-1

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