By Lizanne Falsetto


Several months back I began taking chess lessons from 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 the brain, and tap into greater potential in your life and work. I didn’t realize what a ‘game-changer’ the board really is until I started learning chess through the Poison Pawn training method. Now, I’m hooked and wanted to share some of my discoveries about what this experience has brought to my life.

Neuroplasticity and Making New Connections

The brain is the most complex organ in the human body and responsible for all our body’s functions – we could not breathe, move, love, or remember without it. While it stops developing in our mid-20’s, it is possible to improve (train) our adult brain thanks to its plasticity (the ability to change throughout our lives) and strengthen old connections and create new ones. The key is to keep learning and engaging your brain to stave off memory issues.

Enhanced Concentration and Focus

What I’ve noticed thus far for myself: Chess requires concentration and focus. Now, I have the game on my mind all the time. I replay moves in my head considering the various outcomes. Already, my problem solving skills have improved, I’m planning better – more strategically. Thinking more about my actions to ensure they will elicit the responses I am looking for. Lately, I’ve been more creative, it’s helping me to work both the left and right sides of the brain evenly. Something else that has become abundantly clear is that we, as a society, are primarily driven to maintain the physical body, but an equal focus needs to be given to wellness (brain health in particular). So much so that I’ve organized a Wellness & Longevity Workshop for my women’s YPO (Young Presidents Organization) group and will be featuring herbs & food that are good for the brain such as: Ginkgo Biloba and walnuts.

Start playing chess and you’ll start developing the competitive edge for the win.

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