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What's happening?

September 2019 


With summer effectively over and the chess season beginning it is time to engage in some more one to one and group coaching.  My prisons work continues and I recently helped to facilitate a prisons chess world online championship from HMP Wandsworth which was a huge success. I have been invited to speak about my book 'Chess Behind Bars' in Norway in November, and I am looking forward to that. 

Dreams can be realised no matter how long one has to wait. After a 43 year wait to meet my chess hero, Anatoly Karpov I manged not only to meet him but to play him in the city of Chartres, France this summer. Chess and business go hand in hand. There's competition, the need to think before acting, giving due respect to the opposition, working on both strategy and tactics and of course trying to win!

My book is available from:


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 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. BOOK ME NOW!


I continue my work with Harley Davidson as an SAP consultant and I am also working with the Birchman Group. I am working from home office, in Oxford and Ashby de la Zouch and it is all go. I recently spent two weeks engaged in meetings with Singapore at their local time which kept me up through each night, but it was valuable time and several very productive outcomes were achieved.

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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