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HIARCS Milestone Achievements

Since 1991 HIARCS has proven to be one of the world's strongest chess programs winning multiple World Championship titles. This was achieved not through brute-force methods, but through a much more chess knowledge intensive approach which has led to a more human like playing style. This approach has led to consistent improvements in chess playing strength over more than 20 years. HIARCS is the current World Chess Software Champion.

HIARCS stands for Higher Intelligence Auto Response Chess System.

Computer Chess World Championships are under the auspices of the International Computer Games Association

Below you will find the major milestones and achievements of HIARCS through the years:

bullet1980 HIARCS is born in a physics classroom!
bullet1989 HIARCS competes in its first tournament, the first Computer Olympiad in London.
bullet1991 World Amateur Microcomputer Chess Champion, Vancouver, Canada.
bullet1992 HIARCS 1.0 released for PC MS-DOS. Rating on PC 386/33Mhz 1900 Elo. 
bullet1993 World Computer Chess Olympiad Champion, London, England.
bullet1993 HIARCS 2.0 released. Rating on PC 486/50Mhz 2125 Elo.
bullet1993 World Microcomputer Chess Software Champion, Munich, Germany.
bullet1993 HIARCS 2.1 World Championship version released. Rating PC 486/66Mhz 2140 Elo
bullet1994 HIARCS 3.0 released. Rating on PC Pentium/90Mhz 2275 Elo
bullet1995 HIARCS 3.0 top computer, AEGON man-machine tournament, The Hague,  Holland (performance rating Elo 2631).
bullet1995 PC and Mac HIARCS 4.0 released. Rating on PC P/133Mhz 2320 Elo.
bullet1996 HIARCS 4.0 is the first ever Chessbase chess engine.
bullet1996 HIARCS 5.0 released.
bullet1997 PC and Mac HIARCS 6.0 released to great acclaim as the strongest PC chess program ever. Rating on PC PPro/200Mhz 2430 Elo.
bullet1997 HIARCS 6.0 released as a Chessbase chess engine.
bullet1997 Garry Kasparov specifically requested an experimental HIARCS 6.X version for his preparations for the Deep Blue 2 match.
bullet 1997 HIARCS 6.0 defeated I.M. Deen Hergott 4-2 in a match at long time controls, Ottawa, Canada (first PC in history to win a match against a FIDE I.M.). Play through the match games with commentary.
bullet 1997 World’s highest rated chess program HIARCS 6.0 leads on all rating lists including a 71 Elo lead on the SSDF list.
bullet1998 HIARCS 6.0 with learning used by leading players in their tournament preparations.
bullet 1998 PC and Mac HIARCS 7.0 released. Rating on PC P2/450Mhz 2535 Elo.
bullet 1999 HIARCS 7.0 rated top on all computer rating lists.
bullet1999 PC HIARCS 7.32 released as a Chessbase product. The first PC chess program to use tablebase endgame databases in its search.
bullet 2002 PC HIARCS 8.0 defeats GM Boris Gulko 1½-½  and draws with GM Illya Smirin 1-1 in Internet man-machine challenges.
bullet 2002 PC HIARCS 8.0 released as a Chessbase product. Rating on PC Athlon/1.2Ghz 2685 Elo.
bullet 2003 PC HIARCS 8.X draws match 2-2 with Super GM Evgeny Bareev (Elo 2729), Maastricht, The Netherlands.
bullet 2003 PC HIARCS 9.0 released including the Bareev engine. HIARCS 8 Bareev rating on PC Athlon/2Ghz 2720. HIARCS 9.0 rating on PC Athlon/2Ghz 2750.
bullet 2004 HIARCS 9.2 on a single processor came equal first in the Internet Chess Club computer tournament (2nd after play off to 8xmultiprocessor Crafty version)
bullet 2004 HIARCS 9.3 for Palm released as the strongest chess program ever on PalmOS based devices. Palm HIARCS rating on Palm T3/T5/C/400Mhz 2614 Elo.
bullet2004 HIARCS 9.60 released on Apple Mac (for the first time since 1998) - the strongest program on the Mac and 40 Elo stronger than HIARCS 9.0
bullet 2005 Palm HIARCS 9.5a defeats GM Jan Gustafsson 3-1 in internet match achieving a 2809 Elo performance rating. 
bullet2005 Palm HIARCS defeats GM Sergey Volkov 3-1 and GM Piotr Bobras 3-1 in two four game matches.
bullet2005 PC HIARCS 10.0 released with largest jump in playing strength for 12 years. This was the first PC HIARCS version I developed full time (I was made redundant from my Telecoms job in 2003).
bullet2006 HIARCS wins annual Internet Chess Club open computer chess blitz tournament and is second in the main tournament.
bullet2006 HIARCS for Palm becomes the first handheld chess computer in history to win a GM tournament when it won the 2nd Congress Pichay Invitational in the Philippines and defeated super GM Mark Paragua.
bullet2006 PC HIARCS MP just born and competes for the first time ever and gains third in the Dutch Open Computer Chess Tournament
bullet2006 PC HIARCS 11.0 released with a multiprocessor capability for the first time
bullet2006 Mac HIARCS 11.0 released with a multiprocessor capability for the first time
bullet2007 HIARCS wins annual Internet Chess Club open computer chess blitz tournament for the second year running and is second in the main tournament.
bullet2006 PC HIARCS 11.0 released with a multiprocessor capability for the first time
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2007 HIARCS wins International Paderborn computer chess tournament in Germany ahead of a world class field including other World Computer Chess Champions.

bullet2008 PC HIARCS 12.0 released
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2008 HIARCS wins 17th International Thüringer Computer Chess Championship in Germany ahead of all major competitors.

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2008 PC & Mac HIARCS 12.0/12.1 released

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2008 HIARCS 12.1 is the chess engine powering Pocket Fritz 3

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2008 HIARCS on Pocket PC won the 2008 Mescosur Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina ahead of Grandmasters scoring an incredible undefeated 8/10 in the process. This is a performance of 2691 Elo which is the best ever chess performance rating of a chess program on a PDA in history.

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2008 HIARCS is top single-computer and World Computer Chess Champion in 16th World Computer Chess Championship in Beijing, China.

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2008 HIARCS is top single-computer in 28th Dutch Open Computer Chess Championship in Leiden, The Netherlands.

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2008 HIARCS 12.1 for CEBoard on Pocket PC released

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2009 HIARCS wins 9th International CSVN Tournament in Leiden, The Netherlands.

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2009 HIARCS on Pocket PC won the 2009 Mescosur Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina ahead of Grandmasters scoring an incredible undefeated 9½/10 in the process. This is a performance of 2938 Elo which is the best ever chess performance rating for any handheld device in history and higher than Garry Kasparov's peak Elo rating!

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2009 HIARCS 12.1 for iPhone released on the Apple App Store

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2010 HIARCS is top single-computer in 12th Internet Chess Club CCT tournament.

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2010 PC, Mac, Pocket PC and Palm HIARCS 13.1 released

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2010 HIARCS is top single-computer in 10th International CSVN Tournament in Leiden, The Netherlands.

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2010 HIARCS is equal top single-computer in 30th Dutch Open Computer Chess Championship in Leiden, The Netherlands.

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2011 HIARCS 13.3 released on the Pheonix Chess Systems Revelation Dedicated Chess Computer.

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2011 HIARCS is World Chess Software Champion at 3rd World Chess Software Championship in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

 

 

 

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"It is exhilarating to play [HIARCS], more, a lot more than with any other strong program. It is a real pleasure to be defeated that way. Fast, lightning, unexpected death." - Fernando Villegas, April 2007
"generally I use HIARCS." - World Chess Champion Vishy Anand 2011, in a recent interview when asked what chess program he uses to analyse with
 
"HIARCS is much better positionally than Deep Blue." - Garry Kasparov 1997 (after game 5 of the rematch)

World Chess Champion, Vishy Anand, used "Powerful" HIARCS machine in preparations for his 2010 world title match with Super GM Veselin Topalov

"This level of service is one other big reason to buy HIARCS." - John Jackson

For Palm, PC, Mac, Pocket PC and iPhone Chess Software with attitude, features and chess playing strength, you can't beat HIARCS!
† Highest performance reached depends on hardware/device used.

HIARCS Chess Software is designed and developed by Mark Uniacke in England.
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