27 ( +1 | -1 ) chesspublishing.comAnybody have any experience with chesspublishing.com--a website dedicated to keeping you up to date on openings, which they have broken down into e4 e5, open sicilians, anti-sicilians, etc. three openings for about 35 bucks. 90 for all. I was wondering if it's a worthwhile investment.
84 ( +1 | -1 ) YES!!!I'd been constantly visiting their forum for about 3 or 4 months and then finally signed up 2 weeks ago. I subscribe to all the sections and it's really great. I especially love the ebooks which are essentially guides to the opening written the GMs/IMs themselves. In case you haven't noticed, if you go to the "guest" part of the website you can download GM Neil McDonald's ebook on the Classical/Rubinstein french for free. What's also great about subscribing is that you can send the GMs e-mails and they'll usually respond either right away or with their next update. Also, GMs will often base their updates on e-mails they get from subscribers and openings talked about on the forum. For example, IM Gary Lane just did an update on 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. b3(!) because several members in the forum showed an interest. Worth every penny!!!
44 ( +1 | -1 ) problem with booksThe problem with any book is that once it is written it is not easy to change. Opening books will date - though they still have value. I've subscribed to chess publishing for a long time (although I don't participate in their forums). I believe that, in general, their analysis is a little better than the analysis provided by chessbase. I suggest you might supplement NCO with chess publishishing or chessbase.