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Below you will find the features of Hiarcs 7.0 chess for the Macintosh. This version was released in 1999 as the clear strongest chess program on the Macintosh.
HIARCS Master 7.0 is the world's strongest chess program for Macintosh computers. It has been developed from the 1992 World Computer Olympiad Chess Champion, 1993 International Uniform Platform PC Chess Champion, 1993 World Microcomputer Chess Champion, 1995 Top Computer at the International AEGON Human/Computer Tournament (TPR Fide Elo 2631) and 1997 World's top rated chess program. HIARCS was the first program micro computer chess program in history to defeat a titled FIDE International Master in a match at tournament time controls. HIARCS also won the Godesburg Open ahead of Grand Masters and International Masters. The program will run on all Macintosh computers having MacOS 7.1 or later, a 68020 (or later) or a PowerPC processor and at least 8Mb of RAM.
HIARCS has been designed with the serious chess player in mind and contains a host of useful features for chess players of all strengths. It has a huge new opening library containing over 488,000 unique positions, and is able to automatically identify and display the ECO code and name of the opening played and select an appropriate strategy. The program has an excellent mix of tactical wizardry combined with a sound grasp of positional play which enables it to play a more human-like game including true speculative sacrificing. The program can look ahead up to 31 moves enabling more long term strategic issues to be understood.
The HIARCS 7.0 software package comes complete with an extensive general user manual, Mac specific manual and quick reference card. It is not copy protected.
System requirements: All Macintosh computers running MacOS 7.1 or later, a 68020 (or later) or a PowerPC processor and at least 8Mb of RAM. CD drive. Hard disk drive with 6Mb free disk space. On the latest Mac operating system MAC OS X, HIARCS 7 for Mac runs in the "Mac Classic" downward compatibility environment as a subtask (so it is really running under Mac OS 9).
There is also an excellent and popular Macintosh Chess program called SigmaChess which you may be interested in.
The following is a list of features offered by HIARCS 7.0:
Database and file formats
Unrivalled range of playing levels
World class chess engine
Extensive game analysis capabilities
Viewable massive opening book/library
All the essential features
New features in HIARCS 7.0
"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
"generally I use
HIARCS." - World Chess Champion Vishy Anand
2011, in a recent interview when asked what chess program he uses to analyse