"Chess is a sea in which an elephant may bathe and a gnat may drink"
Indian Proverb
CHESS

Chess is the gymnasium of the mind. A combination of art, science and sport it improves concentration, calculation and decision making. It has no age barrier and it is a game for life. Chess literally changes people’s lives. I coach people as young as eight years old and as old as eighty and there is no difference in terms of the sheer enjoyment they get from the game. Chess truly has the power to make people happy.

The benefits of chess for children
Most people involved in schools and education research support the view that chess has many benefits. Stephanie Sundberg reviewed several studies and concluded the outcomes were positive and that children who study chess at school perform 15%-20% better at standardised tests in a range of subjects including English and Mathematics.  

Chess for adults
It’s never too late to learn, and indeed it is a game that is easy to learn but impossible to master. It costs very little to purchase a set and board and it is with you for life. It is thought that playing chess regularly can stave off the onset of Alzeimers disease.

What I offer
I am an English Chess Federation chess coach, county player and British Chess Federation County Master. I have represented the United Kingdom at chess and organised several top events. I am CRB cleared and ready to begin the journey with you…

I can provide the following:
One to one coaching from beginner to intermediate.


Lectures - This can be the history of the game, or simply how to play.


I have worked with schools, institutes, clubs and Societies.


I can provide bespoke work to fit around your curriculum or diary.   

NEW: One hour chess training via Skype. £25 per session.

My chess CV includes:

Charlton School Chess Champion

Played at county level for Shropshire and Oxfordshire

Represented UK at NATO Championships 2012 in Brest, France

Organised top level simultaneous chess displays with Jon Speelman, Lev Polugayevsky, Daniel King, Nigel Short and John Nunn

Former Shropshire County Chess Champion

Played league chess in UK and Germany  

Chess Coach for the Dragon School in Oxford     

More recently Banbury Blitz Champion and Leamington Individual open Champion 

Columnist for Chess Monthly and have written for British Chess Magazine 

Editor of OPEN FILE the chess magazine for the Combined Armed Services   

Coached several juniors one to one -all have gone on to be stronger chess players and improved academically

Manager of Chess in Prisons - for the English Chess Federation

Awarded English Chess Federation President's Award for Services to Chess in 2015

Visit my chess pages at www.carlsplanet.co.uk for book reviews and chess related material.

 

 

Caissa Consulting
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