Robert Michael Snyder

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Robert Michael Snyder (born May 4, 1954[1]) is an American author.


Snyder is best known for authoring the Chess For Juniors children's book series. He has published multiple books and games, including Chess for Everyone and Unbeatable Chess Lessons.[2] He founded the Chess for Juniors club, claiming it was the largest of its kind in the country, and that he trained 36 national chess champions, and holds a world record for having introduced chess to more than 170,000 students.[3] He is considered to be a national and world-renowned master chess player with wins both in the US and international tournaments.[4][5][6] Several of his students have excelled under his tutelage, with results including contention for world and US national chess titles.[7]

Snyder has an Elo rating of 2306 with the United States Chess Federation, but has not played in tournaments since 1990.[8]

Criminal case[edit]

Snyder has been arrested and convicted for multiple sexual assaults involving children dating back to 1983.[9] He was featured on America's Most Wanted after fleeing Colorado while still on supervised probation in 2008.[10] He was found in Belize, and on March 30, 2010 after pleading guilty, was given an open (up to life) sentence.[11]


  1. ^ Accessed 2010-01-29.
  2. ^ LOEB MCCLAIN, DYLAN (December 5, 2009). "Fugitive Chess Teacher Is Reportedly Caught". The New York Times Chess Blog. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  3. ^ LOAR, RUSS (Jun 9, 1997). "Chairman of the Board; Chess Champ Finds Niche Sharing Mastery of Game With Young Enthusiasts". LA Times. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  4. ^ McGRAW, CAROL (October 19, 2004). "Fort Collins chess master, advocate has all the right moves Snyder will conduct workshop in Springs". The Gazette. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  5. ^ TAWA, RENEE (Oct 15, 1995). "With Help, He's Making a Move on a World Title; Chess: U.S. champion Harry Akopyan gets the chance, thanks to his Huntington Beach club and an Irvine sponsor". LA Times. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  6. ^ SUSAN, PATERNO (Jan 20, 1994). "He's Beginning His Own Search for Bobby Fischer". LA Times. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  7. ^ DAHLEEN GLANTON, A. (Apr 9, 1988). "Boy, 11, Moves to Record Book". LA Times. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  8. ^ Player/Rating Lookup.
  9. ^ "Police: More Victims Possible In Chess Master Case". ABC Denver News. September 15, 2005. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  10. ^ Huffington Post. Accessed 2010-01-29.
  11. ^ Whaley, Monte (March 30, 2010). "Chess master sentenced for sex assault of children". The Denver Post. Retrieved 30 March 2010.