Monday, August 17, 2020

Better Chess Training Hosting Arena Tournament this Friday!


I'll be hosting an arena tournament on Lichess this Friday. I will be streaming the games lives on Youtube ( and hopefully giving instructive and fun commentary. Here are the details below. Hope to see you there!

Date: Friday, August 21st
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM EDT
Format: Lichess Arena
Time Control: 10 2 (10 minutes with 2 second increment)

How to enter:
1. Join the Better Chess Training Lichess Team: (it's free and depending on how things go we may plan future activities)
2. On Friday, log onto Lichess at least 5 minutes before the tournament start time and join the tournament. I'll be setting it up on Friday morning by 9:30 AM EDT. I'll have a link on social media and on the team page.
3. At the start of the tournament, wait for your pairing, play, and have fun!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

General Content Schedule for Summer 2020

I'm trying to get a little more organized with my content around the web, so I wanted to share my general schedule with you. Check it out!

I'm hoping to stay consistent and I think this schedule will help keep me focused on producing content that I both enjoy creating and that you enjoy watching and reading.

Just in case you haven't seen me on other platforms, here are the links:
Better Chess Training Youtube Channel:
Backrankbrawler Twitch Channel:
Backrankbrawler's Notebook Blog:

Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 4, 2020

A Nice Endgame by 10-year-old Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen excels in the endgame (as he does in most aspects of the game). I remember a picture of him from about 10-12 years ago where he was studying Lamprecht and Muller's Fundamental Chess Endings. I recently started reading the book Endgame Virtuoso Magnus Carlsen which features many of Magnus' great (and a couple not so great) endings through his career.

I created a video on one of his endings from when he was 10-years-old. His opponent was now GM Jon Ludwig Hammer. This game featured a nice attack on a weak pawn then shifting his attack when his opponent moves his pieces to defend the weakness.

Here is the video:

As much of my creative efforts are focused on Youtube recently, I"ll be sharing more of them as posts here. For more of my writing, sign up for my e-mail list as I share my thoughts there every 1-2 weeks.