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:
"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
"generally I use
HIARCS." - World Chess Champion Vishy Anand
2011, in a recent interview when asked what chess program he uses to analyse