- The sections
- Subscription options
- Prices + Upgrades
- Username and password/ logging in
- How to use this site
- The eBooks
- Copyright warning
- Site errors
- Staying informed
- Contact us
ChessPublishing.com is divided into 12 sections (or sites), each one run by an expert in that area. Together the sites are a fantastic Grandmaster guide to every opening. Already there are literally 1000s of pages of original insight and explanation, and 25,000+ annotated games, with new pages and games following every month! ChessPublishing.com is the fast and friendly way to keep your finger on the pulse of opening theory!
All 12 sections are updated monthly to provide ongoing, top-level insight into the latest developments. Since this is an Internet publication, the information is always topical and up to date.
2. Subscription options
All subscriptions run for a year. You can subscribe online any time, when you will immediately receive your password by email.
You can choose from 4 options:
Single site: choose any one site
Three for the price of two: choose any 3 sites for the price of two
Gold card: access to all 12 sites + Gold Plus!
Order online with your credit card. All online orders are handled on a secure server.
If you wish to send money with PayPal, Neteller or Moneybookers email us at Support@ChessPublishing.com.
3. Prices + Upgrades
USA and Outside Europe:
Single section: $19.5 per year
Three for two: $39 per year
Six sections: $69 per year
Gold card: $99 per year
You do not have to pay any Sales Tax
Single section: £15 per year
Three for two: £29 per year
Six sections: £49 per year
Gold card: just £69 per year
Europe (Euro zone):
Single section: Euros 18 per year
Three for two: Euros 36 per year
Six sections: Euros 59 per year
Gold card: just Euros 89 per year
You can upgrade your subscription at any time. When you upgrade, a new subscription begins from the date you upgrade, and a pro rata refund (based on the outstanding days left from your old subscription) is automatically calculated and deducted from the new subscription price.
Let`s say you choose the 3 site option and after 3 months decide to upgrade to the full Gold Card access. Assuming you are ordering from the USA, then you would start a brand new 12 month subscription from that moment on at a price of $99 less $28 rebate = $71.
4. Username and password
As soon as you have subscribed you will immediately receive confirmation of your password and chosen username by email.
To log in, click on Login.
If cookies are enabled on your browser you will be able to come back to the site whenever you like without having to bother entering your details, the site should 'remember' you!
If you are on a computer that can be used by others, you can simply log out when you have finished.
5. How to use this site
With 1000s of pages, 25,000+ annotated games, PGN Opening Guides, PDF eBooks and ChessBase-style eBooks, there are lots of ways to enjoy the site, but for fast access to your favourite openings and lines we recommend the menus at the left side of each site. Also you can go to our HTML-based download page (use the PGN Games Archive links) that provide quick access to all the annotated games, and the ChessPublishing opening guides.
To search for a particular opening article use the Search function, or look on the Previous Updates pages.
6. The eBooks
On the download pages (the brown links on the right) you will find the two different types of electronic books, first the ChessBase-style Playable eBooks for maximum ease of opening study. Note that these require a copy of ChessBase©, versions 6 onwards, or a recent version of Fritz (or similar engine), but failing that you can download the free ChessBase Reader 2013 program.
Linux and Mac users will require an emulator as ChessBase currently only have a Windows version.
We also have opening eBooks in PDF form which can be read on screen or printed out. You will need a recent version of Acrobat Reader (which is a free download), some of the earlier versions may be unable to process the fonts. To see which version you have, click on the menu Help, then About Acrobat Reader. To download the latest version, click on
After clicking on PDF links, and depending upon your settings, the eBooks may open in your browser's window. In this case, to save it to your hard disc, first right click on the icon, and then click on 'Save Target As...'. Alternatively, to permanently stop PDF files from opening in your web browser, simply go into your Acrobat Preferences (Ctrl + K), Internet and uncheck Display PDF in Browser (in version 5+), or Web Browser Integration (in version 4).
To see the complete list of PDF titles, go to the list of PDF eBooks, and remember that every single one of the chapters from all of these eBooks can be downloaded in PGN form from the PGN Games Archives page (look for ChessPub Guides).
How it works:
The control panel contains nine separate buttons underneath the board, and this is used to navigate through the moves of the game. Reading from left to right, these buttons are: 'To start', 'Back 5 moves', 'Back 1 move', 'Forward 1 move', 'Forward 5 moves', 'To end', 'Flip board', 'Autoplay', and 'Step into variations'. Each of these buttons has a tooltip assigned to them to indicate their function, just hover over them if you are not sure.
Note, however, that the 'Back 5 moves' and 'Forward 5 moves' buttons will not step into any variations. In other words, the game will be stopped at either five moves back or at the end of a variation sequence.
The 'Flip board' button flips the board so that the black pieces will appear at the bottom of the screen, rather than the top, and vice versa each time the button is clicked, whilst the 'Autoplay' button toggles the automatic playback of the game, and the Step button toggles stepping into variations with the Forward button. When stepping into variations is enabled, the button becomes dark, and the Forward button will play each and every move, one after the other, irrespective of whether or not they are a variation move or not. When off the button becomes light, and the forward button will skip over variations.
The left and right arrow keys on your keyboard provide the easiest way to play through a game, and the numeric keyboard can also be used, the assigned keys are:
'To start' is 7, 'Back 1 move' is 4, 'Forward 1 move' is 6, 'To end' is 1, 'Flip board' is the / key, 'Autoplay' is the * key, and 'Step into variations' is the 0.
The drop-down list underneath the control panel allows the language to be changed for the moves of the game (but not for the actual annotations!)
Finally, hover over the opening name above the players' names and the cursor will turn into a question mark and a tooltip will appear, giving the sub-variation name (providing there is one).
All 12 sections have an extensive and continually updated FREEZONE which is open to everyone. Links which take you into the password protected areas for subscribers only are coloured brown.
The whole site is updated continually. These updates are a great way to keep track of all the latest ideas, tricks, traps and theory - paper books are often a year behind us on the very day they are published!! You can be notified about each update by email as soon as it comes online.
The updates are also available to subscribers on the free Forward Chess app, for iOS as well as Android.
In addition to the host of exciting and innovative features, the GMs and IMs running the 12 sites have a strong track record as top authors. So the sites are user-friendly, making them fun and easy to browse.
With our exclusive Internet presentation, every move is easy to follow. Theory and games are presented using state-of-the-art web publishing tools designed by us, but you don`t need to have ChessBase or any special software to use this site (although if you are really serious about your openings a good database and/or chess playing program are helpful!).
11. Copyright warning
Please note such downloads are for the exclusive private use of subscribers only. It is illegal to redistribute any material from the site without the prior written consent of ChessPublishing.com and the author(s) involved, or to 'share' a site.
12. Site errors
Please tell us if you find a broken link or error on the site. Email fixes@ChessPublishing.com
13. Staying informed
If you go into My Profile you can change which email notifications you will receive for the opening updates, some, all or none at all.
You can also receive news about the updates via our XML/RSS feed.
14. Contact us