|Title: The Isolated
||Author: Reinhold Ripperger
|Publisher: ChessBase Gmbh
|Price: € 19,99
Pentium 200, 32 MB RAM, CD-drive
|Reviewed by: Jesper
||Date: 29/9 2003
Quick-Review: The Isolated Queen's Pawn
Isolani: The author of this CD-ROM claims that studying this structure helps improving both your
strategically and your tactical play. I agree. The structure is indeed useful for training and can arise from both 1.e4 and 1.d4. The
possessor of the isolated d-pawn gets a free piece play and often attacking chances, but has to worry the endgames where it is obviously not so good to have an island without a helping neighbour pawn.
All this is of course explained on the CD. The CD is divided into different
chapters like: Knight sacrifice on f7, Rook lift (3. rank), the
d4-d5 advance, h2-h4, hanging pawns and others. There are 95 commented games. The
CD also includes a good training session where you get 5 minutes to
find the best move. If you fail you can have another try before you click for the solution. In some cases I had to try 6-7 times before finding the solution, but in one of the theoretical chapters I found a winning knight
sacrifice on f7 after the moves 1.Bh6 Re8 and the middle game position was given as slightly better for white.
After 2.Nxf7 Kxf7 there would simply follow Qxe6 mate.
In general I think you get sufficient value buying this CD, but you can also get good books on this topic, so it only fills a gap for
people who want to use the the computer. I think every ambitious player should study the positions with
the isolani and if you have no other books on the subject this new CD is
a fine start. I think I can recommend the
CD up to IM strength.
The CD can either run with ChessBase or the Reader that is
included on the CD.