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NICBase 3.0 Game Screen [1]

NICBase, (NiCBase)
a chess database program of the Dutch chess publishing company New In Chess [2], developed in the late 80s and early 90s by Elsevier [3] with Hans and Nico Kuijf as affiliated developers. Originally designed for the Atari ST [4], NICBase was soon ported to the IBM PC running under DOS supporting CGA, Hercules and EGA cards, already a GUI with mouse or keyboard controlled interaction with a menu-bar and pull-down menus. The NICBase 3.0 format was not compatible to earlier database versions, which required conversion [5]. After the NICBase development was stopped in early 1993, the Kuijf brothers agreed with TASC president Wil Sparreboom to make an entirely new database program TascBase instead [6]. NICBase was also supported by Rebel 6.0.

There were attempts to develop a new NICBase front-end by Peter van Diepen and Anton Schermer [7], which was apparently not released to the public. While its back-end is still used by the New In Chess team to classify openings with the NIC-Key, NICBase is available as online database via the New In Chess site [8].

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  1. Image taken from a 1994 catalog
  2. New In Chess was founded in 1984 by Wim Andriessen, evolving from the Schaakbulletin, see Wim Andriessen, 1938 - 2017 by Hans Ree, May 20, 2017
  3. New In Chess – (German)
  4. Where to find the Atari ST-version of NiCBASE? by Conrad Hoogenboom, rgcc, May 07, 1996
  5. Nicbase 3.0 -> Nicbase 2.0 by Soeren Fisker, rgc, April 18, 1994
  6. Marc Derksen (1996). TascBase 2.0. Computer Chess Reports, Vol. 5, Nos. 3+4
  7. New NicBase by Nicolo de Groot, rgc, October 31, 1994
  8. New In Chess - Chess Books, Chess Magazines & Chess Shop

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