HIARCS PC Mac & Palm Chess Software    HIARCS PC Mac & Palm Chess Software
World Class PC, Mac and Palm Chess Software on your desktop and in the Palm of your hand!

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Sigma Chess HIARCS
PC Chess HIARCS
Palm Chess HIARCS
Pocket Chess HIARCS
HIARCS Pedigree

Welcome to HIARCS, a World Championship winning chess software engine now available for Palm, PC and Macintosh computers and PDAs. HIARCS chess software is available from www.hiarcs.com direct from the developer!

Stop Press: HIARCS wins 17th International Thüringer Computer Chess Championship May 2008
Many thanks to Erdogan Günes (operator and preparation), Harvey Williamson (preparation), Intel (hardware)
Click to view all HIARCS games played in Thüringen, Germany online

 HIARCS Chess Software products for PC, Macintosh and Palm PDAs

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[New!]Macintosh Sigma Chess HIARCS 12 
World's strongest and best featured Macintosh chess program
Universal binary HIARCS chess engine can run at maximum speed on Intel and PowerPC hardware
Suitable for all players from beginners to the World Champion with human-like play
Platform: Intel or PowerPC based Apple Macintosh™ computers running Mac™ OS X 10.3 or later
Playing ability: Beginner (1250 Elo) to World Chess Championship strength (3000+ Elo)
with human-like play

       

Sigma Chess HIARCS is the strongest and best featured chess software for Apple Macintosh computers.  We have combined the high quality Sigma Chess GUI with the latest and strongest HIARCS chess engine for Apple Macintosh computers. Giving Mac OS X owners the strongest chess engine ever and best features for analysis and play on both Intel and PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) Macintosh computers. Sigma Chess HIARCS offers unrivalled full world championship strength chess play and analysis (single or multiprocessor versions) on all Apple Mac OS X computers. Read more about Sigma Chess HIARCS...

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The new premier HIARCS 12.1 single or multiprocessor chess engine in UCI form

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HIARCS 12.1 won the Thuringer Computer Chess Championship 2008

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Clearly the strongest chess program ever for Macintosh computers

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Universal binary supporting all Intel and PowerPC Macintosh computers

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Suitable for all players from beginner to World Championship strength and beyond!

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Can play at any chess standard you set in Elo rating points challenging all players*

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Unlimited levels and time controls: Casual, Blitz, Active, Fischer and Tournament

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Tournament book with the latest opening theory for study and preparation

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Nalimov tablebase support of up to 6 pieces for perfect play in the endgame*

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New Sigma Chess 6.1.6 Graphical User Interface with features like MultiPV

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Monitors your play, measures your progress with Elo history graph and statistics

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Sigma Chess Pro now supports engine-engine matches and multiPV display!*

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Sigma Chess GUI game collections (PGN & EPD) and HTML web page export

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High resolution, colour graphics with 2D/3D boards and multiple piece styles

*Sigma Chess HIARCS Pro features.

Sigma Chess HIARCS is a software download product

Prices from*: £24.95 / 37.50 / $49.95     *VAT may be applicable for European Union residents.

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June 2008
New Sigma Chess 6.1.6 and HIARCS 12.1 SP & MP versions released.

 

April 2007
Sigma Chess HIARCS 11.1 defeats all Mac rivals with ease


"The best computer chess period... serious players will discover HIARCS, the chess engine Gary Kasparov considers "better than Deep Blue", and the heavy-hitters will find almost everything they could ask from a computer chess companion in Sigma Chess"
Version tracker, Five star review

 

PC Chess HIARCS 12 UCI
Suitable for all players from beginners to the World Champion with human-like play
Platform: PC MS Windows™ 98, ME, 2000, XP, XP x64 and Vista (all versions)
Playing ability: Beginner (1250 Elo) up to World Chess Championship strength (3000+ Elo)

HIARCS chess software has long been established as one of the world's premier chess playing engines. Now the latest version 12 takes the HIARCS series of chess engines to a new level of chess understanding and chess strength. Never before has HIARCS been so fast, searched so deep or been so strong!  The unique and entertaining attacking style has been enhanced and extended so HIARCS is often more decisive in its attacking approach which includes direct king attacks. The chess knowledge has naturally been improved and the search is deeper and hence Hiarcs 12 is more capable than any of its predecessors. Read more about HIARCS for PC Chess...  Key features:

bulletThe premier HIARCS 12 single or multiprocessor chess engine in UCI form for use in all good chess GUIs
bulletStrongest ever HIARCS chess engine, significantly stronger than HIARCS 11.
bulletFREE updates of the HIARCS 12 series as available (Paderborn version already included) and special upgrade pricing to an eventual HIARCS 13 UCI when purchased on www.hiarcs.com.
bulletLatest super strong HIARCS tournament opening book and accessible directly from the engine
bulletEngine book and position learning are built in helping HIARCS improve as it plays or analyses
bulletFull set of configurable HIARCS UCI engine parameters
bulletFlexible user-friendly license
bulletUCI compatibility including FRC/Chess960 allowing integration into any GUI supporting UCI
bulletUser defined playing strength from 1250 Elo based on your chosen Elo with realistic human like play make HIARCS suitable for all players from beginner to World Champion.

"If Hiarcs 11 is like a samurai that cut your head with a sharp blade in an instant, Hiarcs 12 is like a surgeon that extracts your brain from move 10. You simply do not see you are already dead... HIARCS 12 is even more dangerous, more vicious, more unstoppable. I am good enough not to fall in tactical mistakes, but Hiarcs does not need that to crush the opposition. Just a microscopic, a marginal imprecision, a matter of almost nothing and your fate is already written in the wall." - Fernando

PC Chess HIARCS 12 UCI is a software download product only. It requires a GUI supporting UCI engines such as Fritz, Chessbase, Arena, Chess Assistant, Shredder, Chess Partner etc.

Prices from*: £24.95 / 37.50 / $49.95     *VAT may be applicable for European Union residents.

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May 2008
HIARCS wins 17th International German Computer Chess Championship ahead of a World class field

March  2008
HIARCS 12 available NOW

December 2007
HIARCS wins 17th International Paderborn Computer Chess Championship in Paderborn, Germany

July 2007
HIARCS 11.2 now available

March 2007
HIARCS 11.1
breaks the 3000 Elo barrier on CCRL rating list for the first time ever

February 2007
HIARCS is Internet Chess Club CCT9 Blitz Champion again

September 2006
Highest ever SSDF rating for HIARCS 10 - now at 2853 Elo!

 

 

 

Palm Chess HIARCS
World's strongest and best featured Palm chess program.

Suitable for all players from beginners to strong Grandmasters with human-like play and coaching. 
Platform: PalmOS™, Tungsten, Zire, LifeDrive, Treo, Sony Clie, Handspring, Tapwave or compatible.
Playing ability: Absolute beginner (750 Elo) to Strong Grandmaster (2600+ Elo)

Palm HIARCS has won 3 matches with chess Grandmasters - are you up to the challenge?
The strongest and most successful handheld chess player in history!

           

HIARCS for Palm PDAs has proven to be significantly stronger than all other Palm and Pocket PC chess software. It has numerous realistic weaker opponents catering for all players from absolute beginners to professional Grandmasters. The human-like playing style and settable Elo opponents give you the practice you need to really improve your chess. Packed with many more features than any other Palm chess program, HIARCS for Palm Chess is really beyond comparison. Key features:

bulletWorld's strongest PDA chess program, true GM strength in the Palm of your hand!
bulletUnlimited beginner, intermediate and advanced levels challenging all players.
bulletCoach to teach moves, watch your games, point out mistakes and give hints.
bulletBuilt in Elo rating monitor rates your play and measures your progress.
bulletInterfaces with desktop software using PGN format import and export.
bulletUnlimited levels and time controls: Casual, Blitz, Active, Fischer and Tournament.
bulletNumerous opening books with latest opening theory for study and preparation.
bulletHigh res, colour graphics, multiple boards sizes, piece sets and VCR controls.
bulletNew free November 2007 update for existing customers.

Why not learn, play or analyse chess while you travel?  HIARCS for Palm Chess makes a perfect companion on a journey. Free palm chess game demo software, opening books and updates available in the download area

"It is the best Palm program (I have them all) and the strongest" - Henri Arsenault
"A truly world-class achievement in chess software development" - Bob Newell

"Now I add to your virtues extraordinary customer support!
" - James Breeden

HIARCS Championship Chess for Palm is a software download product

Price: £19.95 / 29.95 / $39.95     *VAT may be applicable for European Union residents.

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"I must say that this just confirms my experience to date - HIARCS for Palm is an outstanding piece of software which I don't hesitate to recommend. It's nice to know that the developer behind it is so responsive and helpful as well!" - Adam Oellermann (author of "Blikskottel")

November 2007
HIARCS for Palm version 9.7 released.

April 2006
HIARCS for Palm tops the Congress Pichay Invitational ahead of 2 GMs, 8 IMs, 5 FMs and 18 NMs!

January 2006
HIARCS for Palm is clear top rated PDA chess program on the SSDF rating list.

September 2005
HIARCS on Palm PDA defeats Polish GM Piotr Bobras 3-1 in match!

June 2005
HIARCS on Palm PDA defeats top Russian Super-GM Sergey Volkov 3-1 in match!

May 2005
HIARCS on Palm PDA wins tournament with Palm and dedicated chess computers.

January 2005
HIARCS on Palm PDA defeats top GM 3-1 in 4 Game Internet Match for a 2809 Elo performance rating!

December 2004
Rated top Palm chess program for strength and features by the world's best computer chess magazine: Selective Search

 


Pocket Chess HIARCS
Suitable for all players from beginners to strong Grandmasters with human-like play and coaching.
Platform: StyleTap platform on Windows Mobile™ 2003 Pocket PC (incl. Second Edition and full VGA support), Pocket PC 2002 or 2000
Playing ability: Absolute beginner (750 Elo) to Strong Grandmaster (2600+ Elo)

It is now possible to run HIARCS for Palm on your Pocket PC by using the excellent StyleTap Palm platform for Pocket PC. We have tested HIARCS for Palm running under the StyleTap platform on Pocket PC and HIARCS runs fast with almost full features, effectively offering an early Pocket Chess HIARCS.

To find out more about this interesting possibility visit our Pocket Chess HIARCS page.

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June 2005
We have many customers happily running HIARCS for Palm Chess on their Pocket PCs!

HIARCS Pedigree: Origins, Evolution and Milestones

For over 10 years some of the best chess players in the world have been using HIARCS to prepare, analyse and play against. HIARCS is the result of 20 years active development by author Mark Uniacke and was the first PC chess program in history to win a match with an International Master (1996) and in 2003 it became the first chess program on a single processor to draw a match against a Super GM. In 2005 HIARCS on a Palm PDA became the first and only handheld chess program in history to defeat a GM in a match and in 2006 it was again the first and only handheld chess program to win a GM/IM tournament!   Meanwhile its big brother HIARCS 10 on PC and Mac was producing brilliant attacking chess.

"For me the Hiarcs brand is to PC chess what Mephisto was to dedicated - classy and a brand I trust." - Howard Deere

Recently a couple of customers posted these assessments of the HIARCS series of chess programs on a public forum, we think they nicely sum up what HIARCS is all about:

"...there is something that has been his [Hiarcs] monopoly, ever: style... The essence of Hiarcs style, if we still will use the word, is kind of an unrelenting, sharp, murderous, pitiless ability and hunger for blood... Hiarcs kills you as a guy jumping on you with a sword would do. No matter how good your position seems to be, how solid and ultra defensive, Hiarcs suddenly will find a corner to kick and put all your building in ruins. It is exhilarating to play it, more, lot more than with any other strong program. It is a real pleasure to be defeated that way. Fast, lightning, unexpected death."  - Fernando

"Hiarcs by Mark Uniacke comes in so many formats there is virtually no place you can't play a game against it. HIARCS is actually an acronym that stands for "Higher Intelligence Auto Response Chess System", and it truly lives up the name. In 1997, during his rematch with Deep Blue, Gary Kasparov had this to say about HIARCS: "HIARCS is much better positionally than Deep Blue." HIARCS also holds the longest standing reign for maintaining a top 5 rating in the World. It has the distinction of improving the most per version over the course of it's history as well. Oh.. by the way.. it's a World Champion as well."  - Peter Skinner

Even the world's greatest ever player, Garry Kasparov, used HIARCS to prepare for IBM's Deep Blue 2!

Unsure if you need a professional chess program like HIARCS? - read our "Why Choose HIARCS?" page.

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"It is exhilarating to play [HIARCS], more, a lot more than with any other strong program. It is a real pleasure to be defeated that way. Fast, lightning, unexpected death." - Fernando Villegas, April 2007
"HIARCS is much better positionally than Deep Blue." - Garry Kasparov 1997 (after game 5 of the rematch)
For Palm, PC & Mac Chess Software with attitude, features and chess playing strength, you can't beat HIARCS!
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