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Chess Tutor
Interactive chess tutorial
 
  The Tasc Chess tutorial is a completely new and different way of learning to play (better) chess. Not from a book, but interactively with a PC. The computer assumes the role of teacher and coach and not only keeps score of the pupil's results, but evaluates and advises as well.
 

A well-known teaching program
 

The chess tutorial is based on the training method developed by Rob Brunia and Cor van Wijgerden. It uses the same notions and structure. The "Brunia-Van Wijgerden" method has been employed to instruct thousands of children and adults in Holland and around the world. The method has been adapted especially for use in a computer-program and all exercises have been revised by original author IM Cor van Wijgerden.
 
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Five steps
 

The tutorial is divided in a series of steps with increasing difficulty. To advance, the student should have completed and understood the preceeding subjects. Progress is checked with tests and, if necessary, the student will be directed to re-examine a subject before proceeding.


The five steps currently available
Step 1: rules and basic skills
Step 2: winning material, the chess notation
Step 3: basic combinations, basic strategy, king and pawn vs king
Step 4: combinations, queen vs pawn, weak pawns, kings attack
Step 5: advanced combinations, positional features, specific endings

Each steps comes on a separate 3½" disk and includes a comprehensive exercise book. Each disk contains the English, German, French and Dutch version of the program.

The complete 5 step tutorial is included on the Tasc Chess CD.
 
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Instruction and practice
 

A step consists of a number of lessons, each with a clear and well-defined theme. The theme is explained in an instruction, by means of text, positions and animations. The student can work through the instruction at his own speed, allowing to become well acquainted with the matter, without the risk of getting bored.

To practice the newly acquired knowledge, a lesson has several exercise sections, each consisting of ten exercises. To evaluate one's progress, a score is kept. Different kinds of assistance in answering a question are available, but using them or taking too much time lowers the score. If the final score in a section is insufficient, the student will be directed to a previous lesson to refresh his knowledge and skill, before trying again.

With the Tasc chess tutorial students can learn and study chess individually and independently with a minimum of supervision. Disciplined and serious use guarantees steady progress and increased satisfaction from the game of chess.
 
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Sample screenshots
 

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Selection screen

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instruction
Instruction screen

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Exercise screen

(21k)

 
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System requirements
 

PC with Intel 8086-compatible or better
400K available memory
EGA or VGA display
mouse

 
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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.
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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 Saturday, February 26, 2005 17:22:38


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