Robert Michael Snyder

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

Personal life[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. 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.