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HIARCS Chess for iPad
World class iPad chess software.
Suitable for all, from beginner to strong Grandmaster with human-like play, energy saving handicap levels and coaching.
Platform: iPad - all editions (iOS 9.0 or later) including latest iPad Pro
Playing ability: Absolute beginner (800 Elo) to Strong Grandmaster (3050+ Elo)

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[New!]4th October 2021 - HIARCS Chess 13.8.5 updated features in the new version (compared to 13.8.4)


PGN database sharing (send and receive)


Load PGN downloads and attachments


PGN databases ordered


Coach Advice on Millennium eBoards


Dark mode improvements


26th November 2020 - HIARCS Chess 13.8.4 updated features in the new version (compared to 13.8.3)

bulletLaunch from PGN download or attachment
bulletMillennium ChessLink Bluetooth improvements
bulletImproved dark mode support

25th June 2020 - HIARCS Chess 13.8.3 updated features in the new version (compared to 13.8.2)


New updated chess opening book with latest theory


New games database of latest top level chess games


Numerous fixes and general enhancements

27th August 2018 - HIARCS Chess 13.8.2 updated features in the new version (compared to the previous version 13.8.1)

bulletTextual improvements for display and actions

August 2018 - HIARCS Chess 13.8.1 updated features in the new version (compared to the previous version 13.8.0)

bulletEnhanced support for the Millennium M2000 Auto Sensory Chess Board via the Millennium Chess Link
As well as auto detect you can check status and manually connect and disconnect to the ChessLink module via Bluetooth.

July 2018 - HIARCS Chess Pro13.8.0 updated features in the new version (compared to the previous version 13.7.9)

bulletSupport for the Millennium M2000 Auto Sensory Chess Board via the Millennium Chess Link.
Simply start the application and it will check if the ChessLink module is available to connect to via Bluetooth.
bulletiOS11 updates
bulletGerman language support
bulletDisplay improvements

September 2017 - HIARCS Chess 13.7.9 updated features in the new version (compared to the previous version 13.7.5)

bulletAutomatic self play from any position to play out a game using current engine and clock settings
bulletCorrection for auto play with permanent brain set
bulletHandles more non standard PGN files
bullet64 bit support
bulletImproved handling for customer loaded opening books

November 2014 - HIARCS Chess 13.7.5 updated features in the new version (compared to the previous version 13.7)

bulletPGN game replace feature
bulletMaterial Balance feature
bulletImproved handling of PGNs, attachments and clipboard games
bulletImproved graphic colours
bulletLarger fonts for analysis, notation and book statistics

October 2014 - HIARCS Chess 13.7 updated features in the new version (compared to the previous version 13.6)

bulletUpdated for iOS8
bulletLatest opening theory displayed (further free opening books available)
bulletImproved graphics
bulletImproved database support for PGNs
bulletImproved play realism

September 2013 - HIARCS Chess 13.6 updated features in the new version (compared to the previous version 13.5)


Save and Load PGN games to and from the clipboard


Update opening books more easily


Enhanced coach


General improvements

March 2013 - HIARCS Chess 13.5 updated features in the new version (compared to the previous version 13.4)


More lower levels for the weakest of players including children


Much more book variety on all set Elo levels including surprising gambits


More realistic and human like play from the set Elo levels catering for players of all abilities


Improved rating system giving more info about your progression


New load next game in database function


New load previous game in database function


Non HIARCS games loaded at beginning so the game can be enjoyed/replayed before seeing the end


Various minor fixes and improvements

January 2013 - updated features in the new version (compared to the previous version 13.3)

bulletHigh quality retina graphics
bulletLaunch HIARCS from PGN email attachment
bulletDelete games from PGN database
bulletOffer draw to computer
bulletOther fixes and enhancements
bulletDiscount offer for HIARCS Chess Explorer

HIARCS is a World Championship winning chess program that has proven to be the strongest chess program on Palm and Pocket PC devices and is now available for the iPad. HIARCS 13.3 for iPad has the functionality and chess strength to offer a huge range of features for all players from beginners to Super Grandmasters.

HIARCS is the only handheld chess program in the world which has won Grandmaster tournaments. In August 2009 it won the Mescusor Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina ahead of Grandmasters, while scoring an incredible undefeated 9/10 points (9 wins, one draw). This is a performance of 2938 Elo which is the best chess performance rating for any handheld device in history and higher than Garry Kasparov's peak Elo rating!

HIARCS also has the second and third best ever chess performances on handhelds as well having won two other Grandmaster tournaments. It also has many match wins over Grandmasters in the past 4 years on handheld devices!

Even the World's strongest ever human chess player, Garry Kasparov, said "HIARCS is much better positionally than Deep Blue".

This power enables your iPad to play chess like a super Grandmaster, analyse games and chess problems with you, or play at whatever chess strength you want from beginner to GM while offering numerous features to help you learn and improve as you play with HIARCS. A very advanced set of coaching assistance is present to help players of all strengths really improve their chess play while having fun.

HIARCS iPad Chess has a full range of realistic weaker opponent strengths and playing styles catering for all players from absolute beginners to professional Grandmasters. On the weaker playing levels HIARCS will make human-like mistakes appropriate to the level of play and this together with the integrated coach advice, assessments and alerts allow you to learn and improve quickly. HIARCS can even adjust its playing strength as you improve and learn more.

HIARCS iPad Chess is even able to save battery life by using much less energy on any weaker levels, allowing more playing time on long journeys etc.

HIARCS has a large tournament book which is right up to date with chess theory in summer 2011 with hundreds of thousands of positions, moves and variations, in fact there are over 235,000 variations! The book moves are displayed on screen with chess symbols and the opening variations are even named.

HIARCS also monitors your chess performance and rates your chess play tracking your chess ability in every game. This enables HIARCS Chess to adapt to your ability offering you challenging yet beatable opponents essential to help you progress quickly.

In a nutshell, HIARCS IPad Chess combines a truly outstanding chess playing program with superb user friendly features for chess players of all strengths.

Key features:

bulletLatest HIARCS 13.3 chess engine - the only handheld chess program to win IM/GM tournaments and matches and achieve an unprecedented 2900 performance rating. The strongest program with genuine super GM level performance. 
bulletThe immense chess strength allows faster responses and less usage of the devices battery to reach desired chess strength on the numerous weaker levels - a big advantage giving extended battery life during use and chess play/analysis.
bulletSuitable for all players from absolute beginners to strong Grandmasters with many handicap levels and opponent styles together with the renowned HIARCS human-like playing style:
bulletAdjustable Elo strengths from complete beginner to Super GM standard
bulletAdaptive level or adapt chess strength to yours automatically
bulletAll weaker levels are low energy to save battery life
bulletPermanent brain feature for constant analysis and quick response
bulletAdjustable playing styles
bulletMany selectable preset blitz, incremental and average time clock settings for timed play
bulletInterface tailored for the iPad screen resolution giving high resolution chess graphics with detailed chess information:
bulletIntuitive and friendly user interface menus and short cut icons
bulletPortrait and Landscape views
bulletMany high quality piece sets (8 in total)
bulletMany board colour schemes with solid and textured squares, e.g. wood - (9 colour schemes in total)
bulletOnscreen popovers (popups) to change parameters and see immediate effect
bulletFigurine chess notations and board coordinates
bulletHelp screens
bulletOnscreen game navigation using special game move slider & VCR buttons:
bulletButtons for full rewind of moves, takeback, step forward, and go to end
bulletSlider to select exact location in game to revisit or review
bulletCan also finger swipe forwards and backwards through game
bulletGame navigation even during analysis
bulletImmediate coach recommendations after navigation
bulletReplay feature to review chess games and see continuous assessments
bulletAdvanced coaching and assistance for players of all abilities:
bulletCoach shows move quality highlights (square colours)
bulletCoach move advice view with move options the coach thinks are worth considering
bulletContinuous coach assessment of position value
bulletCoach can watch your play and warn against blunders, even showing you refutations
bulletCoach rates your chess play and gives you an Elo rating which is updated as games are played
bulletGraphical hints and tips and special coach move recommendations
bulletFlexible PGN database support handling:
bulletTransfer PGN databases to/from HIARCS via itunes file sharing
bulletView, select and load PGN database and games with game header detail
bulletSave games to PGN databases and create new PGN databases of games
bulletEmail PGN databases out as attachments
bulletDatabases of all the games between Kasparov and Kaprov and Fischer and Spassky included
bulletSpecial handling of loaded PGN to allow review/replays with game header and elo data
bulletAdvanced Chess Opening Book Handling:
bulletLatest very strong HIARCS opening book (iPad edition)
bulletDetailed book move statistics displayed on screen and via Book stats view
bulletFree book updates on www.hiarcs.com and the full tournament book available via the HIARCS opening book  subscription
bulletTransfer book updates via iTunes file sharing
bulletDetail of book positions and variations
bulletSelectable book variety
bulletOpenings named plus ECO reference code
bulletOther features:
bulletPlaying modes for playing white, black, two player games, continuous analysis and interactive replay
bulletSet up or edit positions to analyse or play from
bulletQuick access icons
bulletRotate the board
bulletGet hints
bulletChange sides, get HIARCS to move now and even toggle analysis on and off

Key features:

bullet Strongest chess program on iPad, genuine strong super GM level performance (above 2800 Elo)
bullet Suitable for all players from absolute beginners to strong Grandmasters with many handicap levels and opponents styles and advanced coaching
bullet Intuitive and friendly high definition user interface with 8 high quality pieces set, 9 colour schemes
bullet Multiple playing modes: play white, black, both sides in two player mode, continuous analysis and interactive replay
bullet Fully adjustable weaker opponents, Elo strengths, adaptive levels and multiple playing levels and opponents
bullet All levels and strengths below maximum are low energy which can significantly increase battery life during use
bullet Rates your chess play and gives you an Elo rating which is updated after each game as appropriate
bullet Advanced coach can provide move advice, give hints, indicate move safety and quality highlights and watch your play and warn about mistakes
bullet Flexible PGN database support, select, view and load PGN databases and games, save games in PGN databases
bullet Transfer PGN databases to/from HIARCS chess via iTunes file sharing, email games and PGN databases from HIARCS
bullet Set up or edit positions to analyse or play from
bullet Easy game navigation with VCR buttons and game slider to navigate quickly through a game, or even replay the game
bullet Many selectable preset blitz, incremental and average time clock settings for timed play
bullet Large HIARCS tournament opening book with hundreds of thousands of positions, moves and variations, in fact there are over 235,000 variations with symbols and chess openings named!
bullet Access to maximum strength HIARCS chess engine with Permanent brain for enhanced playing strength
bullet Numerous chess display functions for showing chess moves, analysis, book moves, coach advice, move quality even legal moves
bullet Figurine chess notations
bullet Help screens

A discount coupon is included with the product offering up to $10 USD discount on other HIARCS products for Mac, PC, Palm and Pocket PC on www.hiarcs.com. Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or discount.



I would like to thank the following people whose content has been included with HIARCS Chess 13.6 for the iPad. Special thanks goes to Tord Romstad for his excellent GUI framework without which this project would of been much more time consuming.

GUI framework: Tord Romstad

Chess piece sets:
        Staunton & Modern: Bryan Whitby
        Elite: Gary Preston
        Fun: Ole Christensen (from Sigma Chess)
        Alpha, Merida & USCF: Eric De Mund used with thanks under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

VCR icons used with thanks from The Working Group blog under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license
Logo: Wilhelm Hudetz    Picture: www.cognitivedistortion.com

Beta Testing:  Eric Gibbon, Harvey Williamson

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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

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

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