HIARCS 13 – the perfect analysis partner

2/23/2011 – The British chess program Hiarcs, written by Mark Uniacke, won its first computer chess world championship in 1991. Today it is still famous for its sharp attacking style and the ability to find the unexpected moves that are so useful when looking for novelties and new possibilities in a position. Top chess players including World Champions have used Hiarcs in their preparations. Get your copy now.

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HIARCS 13

For 20 years HIARCS has been among the very best chess programs in the world. Ever since its first World Championship success in 1991 HIARCS has maintained its position as one of the world's premier chess playing programs.

HIARCS is famous for its unique human-like playing style and is renowned for playing sharp attacking chess and having the ability to find the unexpected move or variation that is so useful when looking for novelties and new possibilities in a position. HIARCS 13.2 has enhanced that much loved playing style through a deeper search and a more accurate positional evaluation. It is even more capable of building deep attacking positions against the enemy king and executing exciting mating attacks in a very un-computer like manner. This enables HIARCS to play interesting, distinctive aggressive chess while being sensitive to the needs of the position. This has improved HIARCS in all phases of the game and even in quieter positions HIARCS 13.2 is able to be more selective about the variations it explores to reach deeper to achieve a better understanding than previous versions leading to much stronger play (100 elo stronger than HIARCS 12).

As an analysis partner HIARCS is second to none with its ability to learn from the positions it analyses and plays. This is an essential feature for all chess players interested in analysing games, studies, positions and particularly the opening as it guides HIARCS into a greater understanding of chess positions and their possibilities than ever before. For many years top chess players including World Champions have used HIARCS as an important analysis partner for this very reason.

This combination of strength, playing style and learning makes HIARCS 13.2 ideal for all players looking for an intelligent chess partner that learns and improves with you. A new HIARCS openings book is also included which has been enhanced with many improvements over HIARCS 12 and is an excellent appitizer for the outstanding HIARCS 13 Pro opening book which is available separately.

For engine collectors both HIARCS 13.1 and HIARCS 13.2 are included in the package.

  • This is what HIARCS 13 offers:
  • Single core chess engines Hiarcs 13.2 and 13.1 by Mark Uniacke
  • Hiarcs13Lite opening book by Mark Uniacke and the Team HIARCS
  • Fritz 12 user interface with many training functions
  • Photo realistic 3d boards in five different designs
  • 12 months access to the world's biggest chess server Playchess.com
  • Topical database with 1,500,000 games

Deep HIARCS 13

Deep HIARCS 13 is the ultimate multi-core/multi-processor HIARCS chess engine capable of utilising up to 16 CPU cores simultaneously. This results in much faster analysis and playing strength depending on your hardware e.g. on Dual-Core hardware Deep HIARCS 13 runs nearly twice as fast as on a single core processor. It even works on single core processor systems so you can use it today in the knowledge it can grow with your new hardware to future proof your purchase decision.

For engine collectors both Deep HIARCS 13.1 and Deep HIARCS 13.2 are included in the package.

This is what Deep HIARCS 13 offers:

  • Multiprocessor/core chess engines Deep Hiarcs 13.2 and 13.1 by Mark Uniacke
  • Hiarcs13Lite opening book by Mark Uniacke and Team HIARCS
  • Fritz 12 user interface with many training functions
  • Photo realistic 3d boards in five different designs
  • 12 months access to the world's biggest chess server Playchess.com
  • Topical database with 1,500,000 games

HIARCS 13 Professional Openings Book

The Hiarcs 13 Pro book is a very strong and varied opening book derived from top correspondence and over the board human games together with the best computer games giving a superb combination with the latest cutting edge chess theory and a wealth of novelties to provide a huge repertoire of finely tuned variations. In addition to this strong basis the book has many novelties and variations that have been analysed by HIARCS to eliminate mistakes and improve the quality of book. The book is right up to date as of mid December 2010 including even games from the London Chess Classic and Moscow tournaments.

With 2,925,276 positions, 382,899 variations and statistics from 678,641 high quality games the Hiarcs13 Pro book is a great resource for the active player who wants to be right up to date.

The Hiarcs 13 Pro book has a very large amount of playable variations which gives a lot of variety and means the book is able to address the needs of many different players, from human tournament preparation to online computer games. Despite having more variety than most other commercial books the Hiarcs 13 Pro Book is significantly stronger typically scoring 55+% in head to head matches between books with equal engines over 300 games. For example, in a match of 300 games against the highly rated Rybka 4 book, the Hiarcs 13 Pro book scored more than 55%.

Hiarcs 13 customers who already have the Hiarcs 13 Lite opening book will be delighted to know the Pro book adds up to 50 Elo to the strength of the program. The book is written by Mark Uniacke, the author of HIARCS, and he has been supported by Correspondence IM Harvey Williamson and computer chess expert Eric Hallsworth, both of whom are also part of Team HIARCS.

In our next review of the Hiarcs suite we will be presenting a small fraction of the new or reassessed material that is available in the Hiarcs 13 Pro book. Prepare to be surprised...

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