Meyer Schleifer (February 9, 1908 – June 15, 1994) was an American bridge player from Los Angeles, California.
Schleifer was born in Brooklyn, New York City, one of five children born to Jewish emigrant parents Jacob Schleifer and Anna Frankel, born in Romania or the Russian Empire. He was a strong chess player as a teenager. He contracted tuberculosis as a law student at Columbia University, whence he quit school and moved to Denver for his health. He moved to Los Angeles a few years later, and won two Southern California Chess Championships before he switched to bridge. For most of his life, he earned a living at the bridge table, primarily by playing rubber bridge for money stakes at clubs. According to Eddie Kantar, who judged him "America's greatest bridge player" in 1972, Schleifer did have many clients at duplicate bridge, or tournament play, and could have become rich if he had not been a heavy loser betting on the horse races.
Schleifer was inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2000.ACBL Hall of Fame, 2000
North American Bridge Championships (6)
von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs (1) 1966
Hilliard Mixed Pairs (1) 1947
Barclay Trophy (1) 1947
Mitchell Board-a-Match Teams (1) 1957
Reisinger (1) 1959
Spingold (1) 1953
North American Bridge Championships