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Back Rank Mates

Cameron Herbert and Brendan Cater

Two amateur chess players, one podcast. Brendan and Cameron talk about everything chess. New episodes are released every other Monday at 7am EST! See for privacy and opt-out information.


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Latest Episodes

In this week's episode, Brendan and guest host Cem vaguely mention that Cameron is somewhere far away. Then, they discuss draws in top-level chess. We promise it's more interesting than it sounds. more

2 months ago

Enjoy a much more relaxed episode of Back Rank Mates this week as Brendan and Cameron catch up after Brendan returns from his chess tournament in Banff, Alberta! The Mates talk about scenery, getting the black pieces three times out of fives, new hig... more

2 months ago

In this episode, Cameron and Brendan discuss the (many) things that make them bad chess players, while also discussing the best ways to get better at chess. The Back Rank Mates also debate how good someone can become at chess, and if it's possible to... more

3 months ago


4.6 out of 5 stars from 10 ratings
  • Very entertaining.

    Brendan and Cameron- I loved your podcast and thought it was filled with your passion for chess, friendship, and your feelings of intimidation from kids. I think it was hilarious and even though I know nothing about chess, I enjoyed listening to it throughout. I am glad I once got a chance to visit your Etobicoke chess club and got introduced to chess by Brendan. He seemed impressed by the amount of time I took to play a move. That’s my story of meeting awkward chess opponents which I wanted to ... more

    Apple Podcasts
    Prachi Gandhi
    Canadaa year ago
  • Strong mates :)

    Herbert and Cater are hilarious and brilliant in this podcast about chess topics. The first episode is filled with insights that most people have thought but are probably afraid to say out loud :) Their witty banter and wild stories make for an entertaining listening experience. Well done, mates!

    Apple Podcasts
    Canadaa year ago

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