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New features in TascBase 2.0
 
 
Very strong chess playing module (The King 2.5)
The most recent version of the chess program The King is integrated in TascBase 2.0. This version is the 1995 Dutch Champion, but there is more! You can specify or change The King's properties. To name a few: wood value, weakness of doubled pawns, aggresiveness, etc. The programmer Johan de Koning has included some interesting alternative settings so that you can play against a completely different opponent, one that is very solid or one that is very aggressive.
Supports Ken Thompson endgame CD-ROMS (1, 2 and 3)
We have included an interface to the well-known endgame CD-ROMS of Ken Thompson. These CD-ROMS contain explicit win lengths for most of the 5 piece endings. TascBase will request a specific CD-ROM whenever it is needed and produce a list of the best possibilities.
Index for searching and player index
Searching games by player name can use indexes. These indexes increase the already very good search speed, especially when searching on a CD-ROM. One of the indexes is used to create a list of players. You can scroll and search in this list, look at the results of a player and instantly request his or her games present.
Small improvements
Based on feedback from the users many functions have been added most of which add in the comfort of operating the program or are new feautures such as a quick method to find positions in the search environment.
Performance improvements
In a number of places the performance is dramatically improved. For instance the Database View scrolling is 200% faster and the Optimize Database function is much faster for big databases. Furthermore the data conversion tools and the Copy Games functions are faster.
Portable Game Notation (PGN) import and export
Because the Internet plays an important role in communicating chess games the most common way of communicating games - the PGN - is fully supported. This makes it very easy to import games from Internet.
Compiling tournament tables and performing elo calculations
TascBase 2.0 is able to compile tournament tables from a game collection. It determines the final ranking, the SB-points, the elo performance and the elo points gained or lost by each player. Output can be sent to file for further processing.
Automatically refining key structures
The database capabilities are enhanced by including automatic keysplit methods. For instance you can automatically split a key until no key contains more than 5 games. This is an ideal tool when a key is growing full, it instantly shows what the main variations are.
Merging databases
In TascBase 2.0 you have the possibility to import other databases. In this way you can maintain small databases of specialized lines and include them in a big database when convenient.
Printing
Incorporate chess diagrams in your word processiing documents using the Truetype font included with TascBase.
This website copyright Tasc B.V. Rotterdam. When quoting from these pages, please credit the original authors.
Last modified Mon, 07 Jul 1997 15:58:45 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