16th World Computer Chess Championship
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:
||Intel Skulltrail, 8 x 4Ghz
||Intel Dunnington, 12 x 2.67Ghz
||Cluster, 24 cores
||Intel Core 2, 8 x 3.16Ghz
||Intel Core 2, 2 x 2.1Ghz
||Cluster, 16 cores
||Intel Core 2, 4 x 2.8Ghz
||AMD Opteron 270, 4 x 2Ghz
||Cluster, 40 cores
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:
Download games in PGN format