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HIARCS Chess Strength
The new PC HIARCS 14 WCSC is will soon be available to purchase exclusively here at
the HIARCS website. This is the
World Chess Software Champion version as
used in Tilburg, The Netherlands to win the title.
Since its first release in December 1992 HIARCS chess software has always
tried to provide value for money. I have always taken the view that each new
version should be at least 40 Elo stronger than its predecessor. Unlike many
others in the industry I have not cashed in on yearly upgrades even when
some progress has been made. Instead I have continued to develop the
application until the improvement between versions is so significant that it
has to be released. It is worth reflecting on the HIARCS
progress made in chess strength over the years since the very first
commercial HIARCS release. On average HIARCS has improved by about 40 Elo
per year for the last 20 years!
You can see from the above chart that the improvements have
been significant. The following points should be highlighted:
HIARCS 1.0 was the first commercial version and World Amateur
Microcomputer Chess Champion.
HIARCS 2.0 won the 1993 Computer Olympiad and the World's first official
uniform platform tournament.
HIARCS 2.1 won the World Microcomputer Chess Championship.
HIARCS 3 was the highest ever placed computer in the AEGON man-machine
tournament and achieved 2631 Elo performance.
HIARCS 4 was the first non Fritz Chessbase chess engine and was the first
Mac HIARCS version.
HIARCS 6 was the first PC chess program to defeat a FIDE International
Master in a match at tournament time controls. It also lead the SSDF rating
list for almost a year and was used extensively by Garry Kasparov and in his
preparations for Deep Blue. HIARCS 6 also took the Mac by storm with a native
HIARCS 7 lead the SSDF rating list.
HIARCS 7.32 was the first commercial chess program to use Nalimov
tablebases in it's search.
HIARCS 8.0 marked HIARCS' return when it defeated GM Boris Gulko in an
HIARCS 8 Bareev (Jan 2003 version midway between H8 and H9) drew a match
with super GM Evgeny Bareev on a standard single 2Ghz PC.
HIARCS 9 series revolutionised PDA Palm chess programs and was marked
HIARCS' return to the Macintosh platform.
HIARCS 9.6 was the strongest Mac chess program when released.
HIARCS 10 became the biggest strength update in 12 years and jumped to the
top of a number of rating lists. The first professional version - I began
working full time on HIARCS in 2003 so this is my first full time version
with 2 years behind it and a revolutionary new openings book.
HIARCS 11 was the first multi-core/processor version.
HIARCS 12 was the first version on both Pocket PC and Palm as well as PC
HIARCS 13 series scored over 2900 Elo on handheld devices against GMs
and is now on a dedicated chess computer - the Pheonix Revelation HIARCS
13.3. The PC and Mac version pushed forward in strength by another 100 Elo
over the life of the version.
HIARCS 14 World Chess Software Champion won the title in Tilburg, The
Netherlands, November 2011.
"generally I use
HIARCS." - Five time World Chess Champion
Vishy Anand, in a recent interview when asked what chess program he uses to
"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
"This level of service is one
other big reason to buy HIARCS." -
† Highest performance reached depends on computer used.
Computer Chess Software with world class
chess engine playing strength.
HIARCS is designed and developed by Mark Uniacke in England. *VAT and local sales tax may be applicable.
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