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Robert Snyder
  
Number of games in database: 4
Years covered: 1972 to 1979
Overall record: +3 -1 =0 (75.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C55 Two Knights Defense (2 games)


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ROBERT SNYDER
(born 1955) United States of America

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Robert Snyder is a National Master. He is the author of several books on chess for children, and a pamphlet, The Snyder Sicilian, analyzing 1.e4 c5 2.b3. In 2005-07, he was imprisoned for unlawful sexual contact with a minor. In 2008, while on probation, he fled to Belize, where he was apprehended by police. In 2010, a Colorado judge sentenced Snyder to imprisonment for an indefinite term (up to life) for sexual assault on a child.

Wikipedia article: Robert Michael Snyder


 page 1 of 1; 4 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Snyder vs Ellis 1-061972Los AngelesC55 Two Knights Defense
2. R Snyder vs Gordon 1-0151973Western US ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
3. R Snyder vs J Peters 0-1381976Phoenix (USA)B20 Sicilian
4. R Snyder vs G Shmeleff  1-0411979cr WER/MC26 Vienna
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Mar-31-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: Finally this stupid crazy scumbag has gotten what he deserves...12 years to life in prison. He was sentenced yesterday. He didn't have enough sense to learn from his previous ~1 1/2 year sentence. Actually, I used to be a coach @ 2 chess clubs @ elementary schools in eastern Oklahoma, & 1 of the books that I used was his book "chess for juniors". It's an excellent book, & the best chess book for kids IMO. Although, if I ever get back into teaching chess in the schools again, I definitely won't use that book anymore; I will use the other book that I used to use - "a primer of chess" by capablanca.
Mar-31-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: If u guys want to read the articles about him, go to the chessgames home page & look @ the left margin ~halfway down in the "chess news" section.
Mar-31-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: Actually, I stand corrected; he served a 2 year sentence instead of ~1 1/2 year sentence. Out of curiosity, do any of u guys know of any other well known chess players that have been in jail or prison? I know that claude bloodgood & kasparov (for opposing the Russian leaders) r 2 examples of this.
Mar-31-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: Game Collection: By rook or by crook: Chess players and the law
Mar-31-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: <tpstar> Thank u. Actually, I knew that fischer had been imprisoned, but forgot about it. alex sherzer has been tried b4, but was found not guilty. I think it is very possible that he was guilty, but just got lucky.
Mar-31-10  miguelito: merece estar preso por bugarron .
Apr-08-10  Caissanist: <tpstar>'s collection seems to include mostly people who deserved to get locked up. However, there have probably been more chessmasters who were imprisoned unjustly than justly, since the majority of the world's best players in 1939 were Jewish. There have also been other political prisoners besides Kasparov, notably Ludek Pachman.
Apr-08-10  Shams: <Caissanist> credit where it's due, that superbly well-titled game collection was put together by <mack>.
Sep-17-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingfu: Amen, RogerKrueger!

I propose changing the name of The Opening 1. e4 c5 2. b3 to the Czerniak Variation. Moshe Czerniak played this opening 33 times. He won 15, lost 10 and drew 8. Good enough for me. Yuri Balashov is +7 playing this opening. Anybody but Snyder.

I think ALL Snyder's games and references and EVERYTHING should be expunged from this database and from Chess forever.

Sep-19-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingfu: If you want to see the Modern Master of this opening, go see the B20 games of Gelashvili.

He is PLUS 44 on the White side of the B20.

PLUS 44!!!!!!

Is there anybody , anywhere, with any opening PLUS 44?

Sep-19-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <kingfu: <If you want to see the Modern Master of this opening, go see the B20 games of Gelashvili.>> That's really impressive. Thanks for pointing out!

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

Sep-19-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eric Schiller: Here is a relevant game:

[Event "It"]
[Site "Phoenix (USA)"]
[Date "1976"]
[Round ""]
[White "Snyder Robert M"]
[Black "Peters John A (USA)"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B20"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]

1.e4 c5 2.b3 d6 3.Bb2 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.f4 e6 6.Bb5 Bd7 7.Nf3 a6 8.Bxc6 Bxc6 9.Qe2 Qc7 10.e5 Bxf3 11.gxf3 Nh5 12.Qe3 d5 13.Ne2 g6 14.Ng3 Ng7 15.c4 O-O-O 16.cxd5 Rxd5 17.O-O Kb8 18.Kh1 Qd7 19.Ne4 Be7 20.Rac1 Rc8 21.Rc4 Rd3 22.Qe2 Rd5 23.Rd1 b5 24.Rc3 Nh5 25.Qe3 b4 26.Rc4 Rd3 27.Qf2 Qd5 28.Ba1 Nxf4 29.Nf6 Nh3 30.Qg2 Bxf6 31.exf6 Rxf3 32.Be5+ Kb7 33.Bg3 Nf2+ 34.Bxf2 Rxf2 35.Qxd5+ exd5 36.Rh4 h5 37.d4 c4 38.bxc4 Rxc4 0-1

But as far as naming rights go, the situation seems clear to me

[Event "International Tournament"]
[Site "London (England)"]
[Date "1851"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Kieseritzky Lionel"]
[Black "Anderssen Adolf (GER)"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B20"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]

1.e4 c5 2.b3 Nc6 3.Bb2 a6 4.a4 e6 5.Nf3 d6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Be2 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.d4 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Qb6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.a5 Qc7 13.f4 Ne8 14.Bd3 f5 15.exf5 exf5 16.Qh5 Nf6 17.Qh3 Ng4 18.Rf3 Qa7+ 19.Kf1 Rf6 20.Rg3 Qf2# 0-1

[Event "International Tournament"]
[Site "London (England)"]
[Date "1851"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Kieseritzky Lionel"]
[Black "Anderssen Adolf (GER)"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B50"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]

1.e4 c5 2.b3 Nc6 3.Bb2 e6 4.Nf3 d6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Bd7 7.Bd3 Nf6 8.O-O Be7 9.Nd2 O-O 10.c4 Ne5 11.Qe2 Ng6 12.f4 e5 13.fxe5 dxe5 14.Nc2 Bc5+ 15.Kh1 Bg4 16.Nf3 Nf4 17.Qd2 Nxd3 0-1

[Event "London"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1851"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Kieseritzky, Lionel"]
[Black "Anderssen, Adolf"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B20"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]

1.e4 c5 2.b3 Nc6 3.Bb2 a6 4.a4 e6 5.Nf3 d6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Be2 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.d4 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Qb6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.a5 Qc7 13.f4 Ne8 14.Bd3 f5 15.exf5 exf5 16.Qh5 Nf6 17.Qh3 Ng4 18.Rf3 Qa7+ 19.Kf1 Rf6 20.Rg3 Qf2# 0-1

[Event "London"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1851"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Kieseritzky, Lionel"]
[Black "Anderssen, Adolf"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B50"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]

1.e4 c5 2.b3 Nc6 3.Bb2 e6 4.Nf3 d6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Bd7 7.Bd3 Nf6 8.O-O Be7 9.Nd2 O-O 10.c4 Ne5 11.Qe2 Ng6 12.f4 e5 13.fxe5 dxe5 14.Nc2 Bc5+ 15.Kh1 Bg4 16.Nf3 Nf4 17.Qd2 Nxd3 0-1

[Event "Unknown"]
[Site "Unknown"]
[Date "1854"]
[Round ""]
[White "Kieseritzky, Lionel"]
[Black "Laroche"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "B20"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]

1.e4 c5 2.b3 e6 3.Bb2 d5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bb5+ Nc6 7.Qe2+ Qe7 8.Bxf6 Qxe2+ 9.Kxe2 gxf6 10.Re1 Be6 11.d4 a6 12.Bxc6+ bxc6 13.Nbd2 Kd7 14.c4 Rg8 15.g3 Re8 16.Kd3 Bf5+ 17.Kc3 Rb8 18.a3 Bg6 19.Re2 cxd4+ 20.Nxd4 c5 21.N4f3 d4+ 22.Kb2 a5 23.Ne4 Be7 24.Rd1 Kc6 25.g4 Rb7 26.h4 Rgb8 27.Rd3 h5 28.g5 a4 29.b4 cxb4 30.Nxd4+ Kb6 31.gxf6 bxa3+ 32.Ka2 Bxf6 33.f3 Bxd4 34.Rxd4 Ka7 35.Kxa3 Rb3+ 36.Kxa4 Rxf3 37.Nd6 Bd3 38.Re7+ Ka8 39.Nb5 Bc2+ 40.Ka5 Rxb5+ 41.cxb5 1-0

Sep-20-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingfu: Excellent work, Boss. As usual.

Kieseritzky and Anderssen again!

Is there nothing new under the Sun?

Jun-01-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <eternaloptimist: Finally this stupid crazy scumbag has gotten what he deserves...12 years to life in prison. He was sentenced yesterday. He didn't have enough sense to learn from his previous ~1 1/2 year sentence.>

Pervs don't learn anything except how to do a better job of getting over, next time round.

<kingfu: ......I think ALL Snyder's games and references and EVERYTHING should be expunged from this database and from Chess forever.>

If one were to do this, certainly this player should be given the same treatment: Brian Eley.

This fine specimen's on the lam, in parts unknown.

Jun-01-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jambow: <kingfu> I'm with you let's rename the Snyder variation, especially since I'm really fond of it and don't want to promote a pedophile in anyway shape or form.

For whatever reason once a person starts preying on children they seem destined to continue and little hope of returning to society without dastardly intent exists, recidivism is almost guaranteed.

If this or any other pervert attempted to molest any of my children I think the post mortem would indicate death by acute lead poisioning! Sad because I wouldn't mind if my children had chess lessons. Just the other day I was admiring Tamaz Gelshivili's handling of this opening from whites side. Sigh...

Jun-01-11  DanielBryant: I agree, Jambow.. any suggested replacement names?
Feb-28-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Arrested chessplayers: http://blog.chess.com/billwall/arre...
Jan-02-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <FSR> Really an impressive lot, though Severine Wamala was overlooked. <mack>'s collection above (cited by <tpstar>) did not, though.
Jan-02-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <perfidious> There's also Kasparov - arrested for allegedly taking part in an unauthorized protest http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_... (acquitted);

Sam Sloan - attempted child abduction http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Sl...;

Alex Sherzer - statutory rape http://articles.baltimoresun.com/20... (acquitted);

and William Winter (sedition).

In June 1919, Alekhine was arrested by the Cheka, imprisoned in Odessa and sentenced to death. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexan...

Jan-02-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: From CG.com's article on Vladimir Petrov:

<Arrested on the 31st of August 1942 for violating the infamous "Article 58", Petrov was sentenced to ten years in a corrective labour camp for criticizing decreased living standards in Latvia after the Soviet annexation of 1940.

His final fate was revealed in 1989 when it became known that he had died at Kotlas on the 26th of August 1943 from an inflammation of the lungs.>

And of course Ludek Pachman wrote <Checkmate in Prague> about his imprisonment and torture for opposing the Communist regime.

Jan-02-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Also, sadly, David Przepiorka. From CG.com's bio:

<During the Second World War he was present at a forbidden meeting of the Warsaw Chess Circle. The Germans arrested everyone there and the Jews, including Przepiorka, were sent to concentration camps and executed.>

And Karel Treybal:

<During Nazi occupation in 1941, he was charged with illegal possession of a firearm (a pistol) and condemned to death. He was executed the same day.>

Jan-02-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Chessplayers seem to specialize in political crimes and sex crimes.
Jan-03-13  paavoh: <Chessplayers seem to specialize in political crimes and sex crimes.> By which category are you tempted, FSR ;-)
Jan-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <paavoh> They're both of interest. :-)
Jan-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <FSR> Ah, the wonderful Article 58, which could be used to send anyone to GULAG for no particular reason. We need only recall the fate of David Bronstein's father-and he was one of the luckier ones.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Articl...(RSFSR_Penal_Code)

Had Harrison Salisbury been a Soviet, we might never have seen him again. During World War II, he was reported to FBI by an oddball neighbour because of recording devices in his home and acquired a massive file with good ol' J Edgar.

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