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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 championship victories.

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 list below:

Rank Program Country Hardware Score Games SOS SoDOS
1 Hiarcs

flag GBR

Intel Skulltrail, 8 x 4Ghz 7.0 9 38.0 26.00
2 Junior flag ISR Intel Dunnington, 12 x 2.67Ghz 6.0 9 39.0 22.00
3 Cluster Toga flag DEU Cluster, 24 cores 5.5 9 39.5 19.75
4 Shredder flag DEU Intel Core 2, 8 x 3.16Ghz 4.5 9 40.5 14.75
5 Falcon flag ISR Intel Core 2, 2 x 2.1Ghz 4.0 9 41.0 13.00
6 Jonny flag DEU Cluster, 16 cores 4.0 9 41.0 10.25
7 Sjeng flag BEL Intel Core 2, 4 x 2.8Ghz 3.5 9 41.5 10.50
8 The Baron flag NLD AMD Opteron 270, 4 x 2Ghz 2.5 9 42.5 7.50
9 Mobile Chess flag CHN Nokia 6120c 0.0 9 45.0 0.00
Disqualified Rybka flag USA Cluster, 40 cores 8.0 9 37.0 31.25
               

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.

HIARCS 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 below:

 








 

SicilianB90

CLUSTER TOGA
HIARCS

16th World Computer Chess Championship (1)
Beijing, China, 2008


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. f3 Be7 9. Qd2 O-O 10. O-O-O Nbd7 11. g4 b5 12. g5 Nh5 13. Kb1 Qc7 14. Nd5 Bxd5 15. exd5 Nb6 16. Na5 Nxd5 17. Qxd5 Qxa5 18. Bd3 g6 19. Qb7 Rfe8 20. Be4 Qa4 21. Bc6 Rab8 22. Qa7 Rec8 23. c3 Ng7 24. h4 Nf5 25. Bb6 Rf8 26. Bf2 Rfd8 27. Ka1 Kg7 28. Be4 Re8 29. h5 Qc4 30. Qxa6 Bxg5 31. Rhg1 Kf6 32. Ba7 Rbd8 33. hxg6 hxg6 34. Bb6 Rb8 35. Qa7 Qe6 36. Rd3 Rh8 37. Rgd1 Rbc8 38. Bb7 Rcf8 39. Bc7 Kg7 40. Be4 Be7 41. Bb6 Bd8 42. Bf2 Bh4 43. Bb6 Bd8 44. Bf2 Bh4 45. Bb6 Bd8 1/2-1/2










 

Ruy LopezC99

HIARCS
JONNY

16th World Computer Chess Championship (2)
Beijing, China, 2008


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Qc7 12. Nbd2 cxd4 13. cxd4 Nc6 14. a3 Bd7 15. d5 Na5 16. Nf1 Rfc8 17. Bd3 Bd8 18. Ng3 h6 19. Rb1 Qa7 20. Rf1 Kh8 21. Nh4 Nxd5 22. exd5 Bxh4 23. Be3 Qb7 24. Qh5 Be7 25. Nf5 Bxf5 26. Qxf5 g6 27. Qxf7 Bf8 28. Qxg6 Qg7 29. b3 Nb7 30. b4 Rc3 31. Rbc1 Qxg6 32. Bxg6 Rxc1 33. Rxc1 Kg7 34. Bf5 a5 35. Bc8 Nc5 36. bxc5 Rxc8 37. c6 Be7 38. Rb1 Bd8 39. Rxb5 1-0










 

SicilianB25

FALCON
HIARCS

16th World Computer Chess Championship (3)
Beijing, China, 2008


1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 g6 3. g3 Nc6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bg2 e6 7. O-O Nge7 8. d3 O-O 9. Be3 Nd4 10. Qd2 Rb8 11. a3 Bd7 12. e5 Nef5 13. Bxd4 cxd4 14. Ne4 dxe5 15. Nxe5 Ne3 16. Rf2 Be8 17. c3 Nxg2 18. Kxg2 dxc3 19. Nxc3 Qb6 20. Kg1 Rd8 21. Re1 f6 22. Nf3 g5 23. fxg5 fxg5 24. Qe3 Qxe3 25. Rxe3 Bh5 26. Ne5 Rf5 27. Rxf5 exf5 28. Kf1 h6 29. Kg2 Rd4 30. Kg1 f4 31. gxf4 gxf4 32. Re1 b5 33. Kf1 a5 34. Kg1 b4 35. axb4 axb4 36. Na2 Rd5 37. Nc6 Rg5+ 38. Kf1 b3 39. Nab4 f3 40. d4 Rg2 41. Nd3 Rxh2 42. Re6 Bg4 43. Re8+ Kh7 44. Re7 0-1










 

PetrovC43

HIARCS
MOBILE CHESS

16th World Computer Chess Championship (4)
Beijing, China, 2008


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 exd4 4. e5 Ne4 5. Qe2 f5 6. exf6 d5 7. Nbd2 Qxf6 8. Nxe4 dxe4 9. Qxe4+ Qe7 10. Qxe7+ Bxe7 11. Nxd4 Bf6 12. Nb5 Kd8 13. Bf4 Re8+ 14. Be2 Be5 15. Bg5+ Bf6 16. Bxf6+ gxf6 17. O-O-O+ Bd7 18. Bf3 Kc8 19. Nc3 Be6 20. Rhe1 Bd7 21. Rxe8+ Bxe8 22. Nd5 c6 23. Nxf6 Bf7 24. Nxh7 Bg8 25. Nf6 Be6 26. Re1 Bc4 27. Re8+ Kc7 28. h4 Kb6 29. h5 Bf7 30. Rf8 Be6 31. h6 Bf5 32. Be4 Na6 33. Rxa8 Bxe4 34. Nxe4 Nc7 35. h7 Nxa8 36. h8=Q Nc7 37. Qd4+ Ka6 38. Nc5+ Kb5 39. b3 Ne6 40. Nxe6 Ka6 41. Qa4+ Kb6 42. Qb4+ Ka6 43. Nc5# 1-0










 

QGDD10

SJENG
HIARCS

16th World Computer Chess Championship (5)
Beijing, China, 2008


1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 dxc4 4. e4 b5 5. a4 b4 6. Na2 Nf6 7. e5 Nd5 8. Bxc4 e6 9. Nf3 a5 10. Be3 Be7 11. O-O Bb7 12. Nc1 Nd7 13. Nd3 Nxe3 14. fxe3 O-O 15. Rc1 c5 16. Bb5 cxd4 17. Nxd4 Nb6 18. Qe2 Rc8 19. Rxc8 Nxc8 20. Qf2 Nb6 21. Rc1 Bg5 22. Kh1 Nd5 23. Nf4 Qb6 24. Nxd5 Bxd5 25. Qg3 Bh6 26. Be2 Rd8 27. Rd1 g6 28. b3 Bg7 29. h3 Qc7 30. Qh4 Rf8 31. e4 Ba8 32. Nf3 Qc2 33. Nd4 Qxe4 34. Qxe4 Bxe4 35. Bf3 Rd8 36. Bxe4 Bxe5 37. Kg1 Bxd4+ 38. Kf1 e5 39. Ke2 f5 40. Bd3 Rc8 41. g4 Rf8 42. Rc1 e4 43. Bb5 f4 44. Rd1 f3+ 45. Kf1 Ba7 46. Rd7 Bc5 47. Rd5 Rc8 48. Bc4 Kg7 49. g5 Rc7 50. Re5 e3 51. Re8 h6 52. Bd5 f2 53. gxh6+ Kxh6 54. Bc4 Rd7 55. Be2 Rd2 56. h4 Rb2 57. Bc4 Rb1+ 58. Kg2 0-1










 

QGDD17

THE BARON
HIARCS

16th World Computer Chess Championship (6)
Beijing, China, 2008


1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Nh4 Bg4 7. h3 Bh5 8. g4 Bg6 9. Nxg6 hxg6 10. e3 e6 11. Bxc4 Bb4 12. Bd2 Nbd7 13. Qb3 Qa5 14. Ke2 Nb6 15. Bd3 O-O-O 16. Ne4 Nbd5 17. Rac1 Nxe4 18. Bxb4 Qxb4 19. Qxb4 Nxb4 20. Bxe4 g5 21. Rc5 f6 22. Rc3 Kc7 23. a5 Rh6 24. Ra3 Rdh8 25. Bg2 a6 26. Rc1 Nd5 27. Rb3 g6 28. Rg1 R6h7 29. Ra3 Rf7 30. Raa1 Kd6 31. Ra2 Rff8 32. Raa1 Rd8 33. Rac1 Ke7 34. Bf1 Rh4 35. Rg3 Re8 36. Kd3 Kd6 37. Bg2 Reh8 38. Ke2 R4h6 39. Rh1 Ke7 40. Be4 Nc7 41. Kd2 Rd8 42. Bd3 Nd5 43. Bc4 Rh7 44. Ra1 e5 45. dxe5 fxe5 46. Ke2 Nf6 47. Bd3 Kf7 48. Bc2 Kg7 49. Rd1 Rxd1 50. Kxd1 Rh6 51. e4 Rh7 52. Ke2 Kf8 53. Rf3 Ke7 54. Kd3 Rh8 55. Kc4 Rf8 56. Rb3 Rb8 57. Kb4 Ke6 58. Kc4 Nd7 59. Bd1 Kd6 60. Rf3 Ke7 61. Bc2 b5+ 62. axb6 Nxb6+ 63. Kb3 Nd5+ 64. Ka2 Nf4 65. Ra3 Ra8 66. Ba4 Kd6 67. Rc3 Rc8 68. b4 c5 69. Bd1 Rc7 70. bxc5+ Rxc5 71. Ra3 Rc1 72. Rxa6+ Kc5 73. Ba4 Rf1 74. Be8 Rxf2+ 75. Kb1 Kc4 76. Bxg6 Nxh3 77. Ra5 Nf4 78. Rxe5 Nxg6 79. Rxg5 Ne7 80. Rg7 Nc6 81. Rc7 Rf1+ 82. Kb2 Kb5 1/2-1/2










 

Ruy LopezC63

HIARCS
JUNIOR

16th World Computer Chess Championship (7)
Beijing, China, 2008


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Qe2 d5 7. Nxf6+ gxf6 8. d4 Bg7 9. c4 Bg4 10. dxe5 O-O 11. Bxc6 bxc6 12. e6 Re8 13. O-O Qd6 14. Qd3 dxc4 15. Qxc4 Bxf3 16. gxf3 Qxe6 17. Qxe6+ Rxe6 18. Be3 f5 19. Rab1 Rd8 20. b3 Rd5 21. Rbc1 Be5 22. f4 Bb2 23. Rc4 a5 24. Re1 Ba3 25. Re2 Rg6+ 26. Kf1 Rd1+ 27. Re1 Rd5 28. Bc1 Bd6 29. Re8+ Kf7 30. Ra8 Rh6 31. Kg2 Rg6+ 32. Kf3 Rh6 33. Ra7 Rxh2 34. Rxc6 Rh4 35. Be3 Rh3+ 36. Kg2 Rh4 37. Rca6 Rg4+ 38. Kf3 h5 39. Rxa5 Rxa5 40. Rxa5 Kf6 41. Ra8 h4 42. Rh8 Kg7 43. Rh5 Kg6 44. Rg5+ Rxg5 45. fxg5 h3 46. a4 f4 47. Ba7 Bb4 48. Bb8 Ba5 49. b4 Bxb4 50. Bxc7 Kxg5 51. a5 Kg6 1-0

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 producing Rybka.









 

SicilianB32

RYBKA
HIARCS

16th World Computer Chess Championship (8)
2008


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 d6 6. N1c3 a6 7. Na3 Rb8 8. Nc4 Nf6 9. Bg5 b5 10. Bxf6 Qxf6 11. Ne3 Be7 12. a4 bxa4 13. Rxa4 Rxb2 14. Ncd5 Qg6 15. Bxa6 Bd7 16. Nc7+ Kd8 17. Qa1 Rb8 18. Bb5 Bg5 19. Ned5 Ne7 20. O-O Nxd5 21. Nxd5 Bxb5 22. Ra8 Rxa8 23. Qxa8+ Kd7 24. Qb7+ Ke6 25. Nc7+ Kf6 26. Nxb5 Qh5 27. Nxd6 Rf8 28. Nf5 Kg6 29. Qb6+ Bf6 30. Ne7+ Kh6 31. f3 Qg5 32. Nf5+ Kg6 33. f4 exf4 34. h4 Qg4 35. Qd6 1-0










 

SicilianB90

HIARCS
SHREDDER

16th World Computer Chess Championship (9)
Beijing, China, 2008


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Be3 Be6 9. Qd2 O-O 10. O-O-O Nbd7 11. g4 b5 12. g5 b4 13. Ne2 Ne8 14. f4 a5 15. f5 a4 16. Nbd4 exd4 17. Nxd4 b3 18. Kb1 bxc2+ 19. Nxc2 Bb3 20. axb3 axb3 21. Na3 Ne5 22. h4 Ra4 23. Bd4 Qa8 24. Qe3 Bd8 25. Rh3 Nc7 26. Rg3 Nc6 27. Bc3 Ne5 28. Bxe5 dxe5 29. Qxb3 Be7 30. Nc2 Rb8 31. Qc3 Ne8 32. Rd7 Bd6 33. Bc4 Qxe4 34. Bxf7+ Kh8 35. Qf3 Ra1+ 36. Kxa1 Qxc2 37. Bb3 Qc1+ 38. Ka2 e4 39. Qe3 Qc6 40. Ra7 Bxg3 41. Qxg3 Qb6 42. Ra3 Qd6 43. Qc3 Qe7 44. Qd4 Rd8 45. Ra7 Rxd4 46. Rxe7 Rd8 47. Rxe4 Ra8+ 48. Ra4 Rc8 49. Rf4 Ra8+ 50. Kb1 Nd6 51. f6 Rf8 52. h5 gxf6 53. gxf6 Nf7 54. Bxf7 Rxf7 55. h6 Rd7 56. Re4 Rd8 1-0

Game(s) in PGN

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"generally I use HIARCS." - Five time World Chess Champion Vishy Anand, 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 & 2012 world title matches

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