"When a dog bites a man that's not news, when a man bites a dog that's news."

What's happening?

February 2019 


We have had the shortest day (December 21st) and the light begins to return and the longer days will not be far away. That's the kind of positive that comes from a negative and the reason why we like doing what we do here at Caissa Consulting, be it SAP systems or Chess Coaching, we always try to look on the bright side. There's lots to be done and with our unique skill sets with IT support, lectures on natural history and more, plus chess coaching and some possible work with the Government and the English Chess Federation, it is heads down and crack on. I have been receiving some incredible feedback from prisoners as a result of my voluntary work with chess in prisons, including how it helps people to think before they move - as good a maxim for life and business as it is the chess board I guess.

My book CHESS BEHIND BARS is available from Quality Chess here:


It is also available from Chess Direct or Chess and Bridge of London.

Feedback has been excellent, which naturally pleases me. Daily Mail columnist Dominic Lawson said that "Portman [...] has enlightened the society of criminals with the best of humanity". I met my local MP Victoria Prentice who supports my prisons work, and have appeared on radio and in the Daily Mail, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, London Evening Standard, and even a Greek Newspaper along with various chess magazines and online at the CHESSBASE website.

I thoroughly enjoyed being Captain of the UK team in the NATO Chess Championships in Texas USA in June. It was hot -very hot but the chess was fun and the UK team finished just below half-way in a very tough competition. 

I want to do some more 1:1 chess coaching so please do consider it for yourself or your child (aged 9 upwards) as it is extremely beneficial to juniors across the school curriculum. (See my chess pages). I continue to coach chess in schools and I am still working with the chess in prisons programme for the English Chess Federation on a voluntary basis. I am always interested to hear stories related to chess in prisons and donations for books and chess equipment are always gratefully received.

I am available for lectures on natural history The rainforest/Spiders and myths/the life of the tarantula etc, chess, eminent victorian chess players, and indeed my motivational talk about life as an ICD heart patient - which has been very well received in the UK and abroad. I even appear in a British Heart Foundation pbooklet! If you wish to book me for a lecture or just want to discuss possibilities please do make contact. A new lecture is booked for a local group and I am calling it 'Animals and mythology'.

See some of our testimonials on the testimonials page...

Thanks for looking in and please do contact us if you think we can help you. 


I continue my work with Harley Davidson as an SAP consultant and I am also working with the Birchman Group. I am due to work in Germany and in Kent and I recently visited Barcelona to give on site consultancy advice - and that was a short but fun trip. I find that if you want the work, it is out there. Working with different companies keeps my skill-set fresh and always opens up other opportunities. Problem solving is something I have always enjoyed but the added bonus of meeting new people here in the UK and abroad makes it even better.

I have also been mentoring others in SAP work in order to help them be the best at what they are doing. Sharing knowledge is as rewarding as receiving it. 

In my spare time (yeah, right!) I show my two border collies and I have been busy going around the country at weekends meeting up with old friends and in some cases, winning some very nice awards - or at least the dogs have.

Thanks for looking in,

carpe diem

Carl and Sue


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