Frequently Asked Questions
||On this page you will find information from TascBase
This information mainly applies to TascBase version 2.
What is the difference between a database and a gamefile?
First we give a short description of databases and gamefiles.
A gamefile contains the games, that is the moves, the names of the
and all other information such as comments and annotations.
A database contains besides one gamefile for storing the games also all
kind of other files for keeping information about the opening (key)
and in which games (located in the gamefile) a certain opening was
In other words a gamefile can stand on its own as a collection of games
but it can also be part of a database. In the latter TascBase will not
allow certain actions on it because it would invalidate all links in
other files of the database.
What is the required harddisk space to install TascBase?
For a full installation you need about 1.5M for the program files and
3M for the standard database (including 23,000 games).
Do I need to copy the Ken Thompson endgame CD-ROMs to my
to use them?
No, that is not necessary.
I have installed Tascbase the maximum number of times.
If you are a registered tascBase owner and you have run out of
return the TascBase installation diskettes (diskettes only!) to your
together with a small note explaining the reason for the expiration.
you will then receive a replacement set at little or no cost.
Is TascBase compatible with an Apple/Macintosh computer?
What is the rating of TascBase with The King 2.5?
It is about 2,300 Elo, which is about 2,350 USCF. The rating depends
on the computer you run it on: the faster the computer, the faster and
stronger the program.
Can "external" data be imported in TascBase (such as
ChessBase data, data from internet, or own data, etc.)?
Yes, TascBase can directly read in data from NicBase, ChessBase and
almost all text files like the PGN format which has become the Internet
Do I need to re-install TascBase every time I change the
of my computer?
Yes, most of the time.TascBase uses a protection based on recognizing
the computer it is installed on. By changing the computer (e.g.
a harddisk) TascBase will no recognize the computer anymore.
Can I move the installation key back to the installation
so that I will not lose an installation key?
No, every time you reinstall the program, you need to use a new key.
Is a demo version of TascBase 2.0 available?
Yes, you find the demo version on the demo programs page on our web
The address: http://www.tasc.nl/demoprograms.html
What does ECO-code mean?
ECO stands for Encyclopedia of Chess Openings. ECO-codes are being
used as a method to classify openings.
Tips and Tricks
|Problems Installing under Windows 95
If you experience problems when installing TascBase from within Windows
95, select Restart the computer in MS-DOS mode from the Start
menu before running the INSTALL program.
Compatibility with Quarterdeck's QEMM
If you are using Quarterdeck's QEMM and TascBase complains that the
program has been installed on another machine, you should disable the
option of QEMM. Refer to the QEMM installation manual for more
about disabling the stealth option.
Cannot use endgame CD-ROMs after configuration change
If, due to a configuration change, the driver letter of your CD-ROM
drive has changed, you must update the TASCBASE.INI file. To do this,
the TASCBASE.INI file with a text editor such as DOS EDIT or Notepad
look for the following section:
After changing the driver letter to the appropriate value, the
endgame CD-ROMs should work again.