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

December 2017  

The year is drawing to a close, and we are as busy as ever. Here's what we have been up to recently...


My book is published! 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 and London Evening Standard along with various chess magazines and online at the CHESSBASE website.

I have one more prison visit lined up before Christmas.

My junior chess coaching continues to grow and I am delighetd that one of my pupils has earned a place at the English Chess Federation Academy and Junior National squad. All the hard work is paying off for him. I am also coaching a 90-year-old priest, showing that chess has no barriers. I also organised a chess simultaneous with Indian Woma Grandmaster Tania Sachdev and was delighetd to accept an invitation to a private event in London where Magnus Carlsen, the World Chess Champion was the guest for the official announcement of the 2018 World Chess Championship which will be held in London in November.

I have some more 1:1 chess coaching booked and pleased do consider it for yourself or your child (aged 8 upwards) as it is extremely beneficial to juniors across the school curriculum. (See my chess pages). I have doubled my work in schools now, and have been coaching chess at the Dragon School in Oxford for several years now. This is the same school where the likes of poet laureate Sir John Betjeman and actor Hugh Laurie attended so there is kudos to the appointment.

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 patient - which has been very well received in the UK and abroad. 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...


I continue my work with Harley Davidson as an SAP consultant and I am also working with the Birchman Group. I am due to do some work in Germany this month and despite fears with Brexit and people talking down the economy 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.

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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