Originally posted by xnomanx
I typically use MCO 14 for researching lines and openings but find it just gets so slow to look up variattions (and requires the use of a board).
Do you think Chessgames.com premium membership is worth it (mainly for unrestrcicted access to the openings explorer) or am I better off getting some database software for this? Any software suggesti ...[text shortened]... dataabase gets updated for you.
Input/advice appreciated, I'm not familiar with any of this.
I am a premium member to Chessgames, mostly because I like to use the openings explorer and the repertoire explorer of GM's, just to noodle around and check out certain lines quickly. If you're willing to spend more money and maybe do a little bit more work, you should buy chessbase, their database, and update it using TWIC. I have it, Megabase 2009, a database of correspondence games, and TWIC updates, and it's a lot more games. If you're serious, then go with Chessbase. Also, it should be pointed out that www.365chess.com has a very very similar openings explorer for free. Enjoy!