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Tasc ChessSystem

 
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TascBase 2.0
Chess database program
 
  The expertise the Tasc team has acquired on user-interfacing, chess programs and data management has been put to maximum use in a state-of-the-art chess database program at a very competitive price: TascBase.

If you are new to TascBase read on, otherwise

check the new features in version 2.0,
or see the TascBase FAQ.

 
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User-interface
 
  The user environment is completely graphical. Dialog boxes, buttons, menu's, all as you are used to in contemporary software.
Working is pleasant in an environment created with an eye for detail. A clear layout of the screen and presentation of data makes retrieving the information you are looking for much simpler.

TascBase can be customised extensively to the needs of the individual user. Settings range from on-screen colours to the layout of the gamelist. With all its advanced options the TascBase environment retains a robust feel. No flickering, nor slowly responding buttons. TascBase operates directly and in the expected way.
 
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PAM
 

Entering chess games is time consuming. In TascBase however, you are assisted by PAM (propose-a-move). This intelligent program module does part of the thinking. You click a square and PAM proposes what piece probably went there, or where the piece you have clicked probably went. Should it be wrong occasionally: no harm done. A click on the right mouse-button will execute the next possible move. With PAM the time needed for entering a game is reduced to the minimum.
 
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Help
 

You can't remember the use of a particular data-entry field, or other screen element? Place the mouse cursor over it and the help line at the bottom of the screen will show you more. This way you will master performing most common actions without a manual very quickly.
 
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Chess program
 

Unique in TascBase is the integrated chess program. A strong analysing player is at your disposal constantly. This player is the renown chess program "The King" written by Dutch programmer Johan de Koning. The chess program immediately starts calculating on each new position appearing on the main screen. Thus you can verify quickly and without asking whether there is "something" in the position.


Screenshot:
Play against the chess engine


A useful feature for anyone analysing chess games: TascBase will automatically replay and evaluate one or even several games. A graph will show the critical moments afterwards.

For relaxation or training TascBase will provide a willing opponent for playing a game. Settings for time control and playing style are obviously available, but remarkable is the use of the database as an opening book for The King.
 
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Import and Export Facilities
 

TascBase users are not confined to the use of chess data in TascBase format. From different sources games may be obtained in a variety of formats. TascBase will read games in ChessBase-, NicBase-, ChessMachine-, PGN- and other text formats.
Should you want to share data with others not using TascBase the normal choice would be to use PGN.
The customisations for text-export are unequalled. A period after the move number, or a space, both or none? You name it. All moves directly after one another for use in a word processor, or neatly aligned each on its own line? Variations numbered and indented? Each style can be created to your best liking.


Screenshot:
Text export settings

 
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Integrated utilities
 

All you need for maintaining your data collection is built into TascBase. Every utility is accessible from within the program.
You would like to analyse the repertoire and results of particular player? You are interested in the results scored with a particular variation? Sometimes really stunning conclusions are only a few mouse clicks away.
Finding a particular position in the game-collection can be extremely useful, but how often are you looking for an exact position? TascBase will easily find (pawn-) formations, material distribution or specific combinations.
An ongoing nuisance are the so called "doubles" in a database. TascBase has its built-in function for finding and (automatically) removing of double games.
Another problem is posed by the different spellings used by different sources especially for player- and tournament- names. The "rectify" command analyses all spellings appearing in a game collection and enables you to correct them all in one time.
TascBase will search a number of files, for example all in a specified directory, with one command only. This way you can retrieve all games by particular player from a collection of data-files at once.

 
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Views
 

Spectacular is the concise presentation of a game in game view. Text moves and variations are all visible at the same time, but easily distinguishable by the use of contrast colours. You want to see a certain position or variation on the board? One click on the move and there it is.
The database is shown in one of two ways. The classical list view shows all games in the current key, as well as any child-keys. A new feature is the database overview, which shows the key structure as a tree of variations.



Screenshot:
Database tree view

 
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SmartBoard
 

TascBase is especially well-suited for the use of the Tasc SmartBoard. Playing and analysing on a real chessboard in beautiful walnut, while the computer "thinks" along. Obviously games played on the SmartBoard can be stored and edited like any other game within TascBase.

Also refer to the SmartBoard information page.
 
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System requirements
 

An IBM compatible PC with:
80386-processor or better
4Mb or more internal memory
VGA-display
Mouse
3½" floppy drive

A demo version of TascBase can be found on our Demo Programs page.
 
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How to purchase Tasc products
 

Check the suggested retail prices.
Find the dealer nearest to you from the world wide dealer list.
If you are Dutch or Belgian refer to our Dutch language pages.
Subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed.


Or contact us directly
If you consider to purchase a product: info@tasc.nl
If you have questions about a product you already have: support@tasc.nl
This website copyright Tasc B.V. Rotterdam. When quoting from these pages, please credit the original authors.
Last modified Mon, 07 Jul 1997 15:58:43 GMT


This is an archived version of the Tasc.nl site. I am not associated with the company and I'm only making this information available to preserve the history of this Dutch company and the great Tasc chess computer.

Ismenio
Quick links:
   www.chesscomputers.org for general information about chess computers
   www.ismenio.com/chess_collection.html for my collection of chess computers
   Chess computer forum for general discussion about chess computers and collecting them