Mac Chess Software: HIARCS Chess Explorer App

World class chess database, analysis and game playing program for Mac
World Computer Chess Software Champion HIARCS 14 Engine
Suitable for all players from beginners to the World Chess Champion with human-like play
Platform: Runs on any Mac since 2010, Intel or Apple Silicon (M1/M2/Pro)
All Apple macOS™ 10.10 or later; Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey, Ventura incl. Retina graphics.
Playing ability: Beginner (750 Elo) to World Champion strength and beyond (3100 Elo)† with human-like play
GUI Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish
Detailed user manual and help videos in English
August 2022 edition supports latest Apple macOS 13 Ventura and Intel or Apple M1/M2/Pro

HIARCS Chess Explorer for Mac is the established best chess software for chess database, analysis and game playing on Apple Mac. It offers an intuitive graphical user interface with powerful features together with the Single Core version of World Chess Software Champion HIARCS 14 chess engine. The product is refreshingly easy to use and includes many features for managing chess databases, chess preparation, analysis and training for players of all abilities from beginner to Grandmaster.

HIARCS Chess Explorer is compatible with Electronic Boards, more specifically Millennium E-Boards and ChessLink.

Prices*:£41.65 / €49.95 / $49.95

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"I prefer using HIARCS Chess Explorer to Chessbase" - John Saunders, Chess Editor of Chess Magazine for many years.

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Prices*: £41.65 / €49.95 / $49.95

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HIARCS Chess Explorer for Mac is a software download product. It is a complete chess application with Graphical User Interface, chess engines and chess games databases.

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A list of updates and features for HIARCS Chess Explorer since version 1.0 can be found here

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The independent SSDF rating group report Deep HIARCS 14 defeated Deep Fritz 13 at tournament time controls by 28-12 (70% +149 Elo perf) - Download the games here!

You can read the latest online manual for HIARCS Chess Explorer for Mac here. HIARCS Chess Explorer for Mac has integrated, searchable and context sensitive help, a detailed 98 page user manual and 24 videos explaining how to use the software.

"Clearly the best chess software for the Apple Macintosh" - Chess Magazine
In summary, this is an excellent chess system that is suitable for players of all strengths. It has a lot of features, comes with a super-strong engine, and it is very easy to use. Highly recommended" - Joe Petrolito, Independent review, Australasian Chess.
"I prefer using HIARCS Chess Explorer to Chessbase" - John Saunders, Chess Editor of Chess magazine for many years.


HIARCS Chess Explorer is designed and developed by Michal Rudolf and Mark Uniacke.

HIARCS chess engines are designed and developed by Mark Uniacke.

Chess piece set images by Eric de Mund and Bruno Rizzuti based on fonts by Eric Bentzen and Armando Marroquin.

User Manual written by Mark Uniacke.

Language translations: English by Mark Uniacke, French by Alain Zanchetta, German by Christian Goralski, Italian by Bruno Rizzuti, Polish by Michal Rudolf, Portuguese by Claudio Zamana, Russian by Beglar Jobava and Spanish by Amador Cuesta.

Many games and annotations provided by

Beta testing and feedback by Ole Christensen, Chris Cook, Richard Fowell, Eric Hallsworth, Jonathan Naud, Matt Read, Bruno Rizzuti and Harvey Williamson and a number of other testers who prefer to remain private.

Move sounds by Ole Christensen.

Thank you to all those people (including those who prefer to remain private) who helped make HIARCS Chess Explorer a better product.

We also thank Eugene Nalimov and Andrew Kadatch for their kind permission to use their access code (copyright (c) Eugene Nalimov) and decompression code (copyright (c) Andrew Kadatch) for Nalimov tablebases in HIARCS chess engines.