Author Archives: Poison Pawn

Long Snapper’s Unique Role Requires Careful Technique And A Strong Mentality

Aggressive traps and a stifling attack – that’s how Johnny Den Bleyker said he likes to play chess.

Set to graduate a year early and pursue a master’s degree, the junior long snapper for UCLA football has been playing chess since elementary school.

He took it up again this offseason when coach Chip Kelly brought in chess instructor Seth Makowsky for the quarterbacks and made chess lessons available for the whole team.

Tanner Magnum’s QB Mindset

“It’s been cool to see how applicable the lessons in chess are to football. It exposes personality traits.” —Tanner Magnum on Poison Pawn’s chess training

The QB Podcast’s Quincy Avery and Brian Fitch sat down with Brigham Young University’s quarterback, Tanner Mangum. Mangum was recently a part of training for NFL’s Pro Day, led by Avery. Poison Pawn was part of this training day, integrating chess into speed training drills and showing players how to improve their decision-making process.

Live to 110

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Published at the Lizanne Falsetto, Aspirations for Wellness & Longevity Blog,FEBRUARY 28, 2019 Can we live to 110? All the developments and innovations in health and wellness are pointing to yes. But there is a big catch. If you can hang in through your 50’s & 60’s taking good care of yourself with the proper […]

Chess: Cross-Training The Brain

Chess: Cross-Training The Brain

Published at the Lizanne Falsetto, Aspirations for Wellness & Longevity Blog, FEBRUARY 6, 2019 Several months back I began taking chess lessons from Seth Makowsky, founder of Poison Pawn. At Poison Pawn, chess isn’t just a game, it’s about strategy – considering what your moves will be 4-5 steps ahead. It’s a vehicle to cross-train […]