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

February 2018  

Can it really be February already? Ther is just another month of winter and signs of spring are already beginning to appear in nature. In business too there are the green shoots of new challenges and experiences and that is something that we here at Caissa Consulting embrace wholeheartedly. Life is for living after all.


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 and London Evening Standard along with various chess magazines and online at the CHESSBASE website.

I have just visited two prisons and had the most incredible experiences playing chess against inmates.

My junior chess coaching continues to grow and I am delighted 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 am currently running the UK Dealancey Chess Schools Challenge tournamant at my local school and that is certainly sorting out the competitiors from the ones who just want to play. Even ata  young age there is a distinct desire to succeed. Not everyone IS a winner I am afraid and in my classes there is only one gold trophy.

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 and in Kent. 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


Caissa Consulting
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