16th World Computer Chess Championship,
Beijing, China, October 2008
HIARCS World Champion and top single computer in World Computer Chess Championship.
I wish to dedicate this win to my Dad, Max Uniacke, who very
sadly died before HIARCS became 2008 World Computer Chess Champion. His
dedication and support helped me win the first world titles in 1991 and 1993 and
without his love and support HIARCS would not of achieved those first world
In an exciting tournament held in Beijing, China, HIARCS
was the top single computer and performed very well throughout the tournament.
HIARCS later became the 2008 World Computer Chess Champion.
HIARCS was running on a single 8-core computer, the 5th fastest
hardware in the tournament.
A big thank you to Harvey Williamson for his extensive
preparations before the tournament and travelling to China to operate HIARCS.
Many thanks also needs to go to Sebastian Boehme for his book preparations and
Rob Osborne for allowing use of his 8 core SkullTrail hardware.
The tournament was dominated by some very exotic hardware, with
one program using 40 cores and another program 24 cores, as can be seen from the
The HIARCS version used was 12.153 which was an experimental
version which we only got playing well in the run up to the tournament.
Rybka played on a 40 core, 5 computer cluster "super computer"
but was later disqualified by the International Computer Games Association after
it's author Vasik Rajlich was found guilty by the ICGA of plagiarizing the programs Crafty
and Fruit in producing Rybka.
played very well throughout the tournament, it was the top single computer and
later was awarded the title of World Computer Chess Champion 2008.
You can play through HIARCS' games from the World Championship
Ultimately, the result of the tournament hinged on a single
game, the Rybka-HIARCS game which unfortunately we lost. Rybka was later
disqualified by the International Computer Games Association after it's author
Vasik Rajlich was found guilty of plagiarizing the programs Crafty and Fruit in
Game(s) in PGN