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Robert Snyder vs Jack Peters
Phoenix (1976), Phoenix, AZ USA
Sicilian Defense: 2.b3 Variation (B20)  ·  0-1



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  perfidious: White's 10.e5? is a surprising positional error from an experienced master, after which he either loses a pawn outright or has to cope with the long-term weakness of his f-pawns, and doesn't even gain dynamic activity by way of compensation.
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  FSR: This game featured 1.e4 c5 2.b3. Snyder had the temerity to christen that line "The Snyder Sicilian" in a pamphlet he wrote with that title. Many players stronger than he (such as Lionel Adalbert Bagration Felix Kieseritsky, Moshe Czerniak, and Tamaz Gelashvili) have played it before and since.
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  FSR: This sad game is the only one in the database in which Snyder essays "his" opening, the so-called "Snyder Sicilian." Not exactly a demonstration of his virtuosity with the line. As <kingfu> suggested, it should be called either the Czerniak Variation (after Moshe Czerniak, the earliest regular exponent of it - or the Czerniak-Gelashvili Variation (after Czerniak and Tamaz Gelashvili, who has a huge plus score with it,
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  FSR: "Czerniak-Gelashvili Variation" is too much of a mouthful, so I think "Czerniak Variation" is the way to go. One could call it just "Gelashvili Variation," but that seems unfair to Czerniak, who played it decades before Gelashvili and apparently pretty successfully.
Jan-24-14  morfishine: <FSR> Nice follow up information, very enjoyable! It truly is a sad game by White, who shows questionable judgement playing thus against Jack Peters, who seemed to take offense at the opening, and then proceeds to tear it to pieces
Dec-10-15  thecurse: It should not be called the snyder sicilian first of all because he is a convicted child molester and a disgrace to the game of chess. none of his games should even be on this website. But also like you said other players played it before him.
Dec-10-15  Howard: Yes, I remember that pamphlet being advertised in the classified section of "Chess Life" about 30 years ago.
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  perfidious: Czerniak Variation gets my vote: too many lines are becoming cluttered with either the wrong attribution, or named after everyone of master strength who adopted them. Awkward business all round.

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