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October 2018  

Autumn is upon us and with it comes the harvest. Reaping what we sow is something that we always keep in mind at Caissa Consulting, and we believe that planting healthy seeds in everything we do leads to better results later on. That probably sounds like a corny analogy, but it is a fact. Doing things right first time, with passion and enjoyment is something that we always strive for - otherwise, why do it at all? There's lots to be done and with our mix of IT support, lectures on natural history and more, plus chess coaching and some contracted work with government in the pipeline we are not worrying about the bigger socio-economic Brexit picture. We are just getting our heads down and getting on with it, and would encourage others to do the same.

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


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...


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 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.

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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