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This page contains answers to common questions you may have, along with some tips and tricks that we have found useful and presented here as questions. This page will grow over time as new questions and answers are added.

  1. What spec PC is needed for PC HIARCS UCI?
  2. How do I install PC HIARCS UCI on my PC?
  3. How do I setup HIARCS UCI under Arena?
  4. How do I setup HIARCS UCI under Fritz/Hiarcs (Chessbase)?
  5. How do I setup HIARCS UCI under Chessbase 9?
  6. What levels are there for the beginner and average club player?
  7. How can I get HIARCS' to use its own engine book?

 

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What spec PC is needed for PC HIARCS UCI?

HIARCS UCI requires a PC running MS Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000 or XP with a UCI compatible GUI (a GUI is not included in the package).

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How do I install HIARCS UCI on my PC?

As soon as payment for your purchase is received you will be sent an email with download links for the Hiarcs 10 UCI and Hiarcs X50 UCI packages. Simply click on this links and save each download. Once downloaded run the SetUpHIARCS10UCI and SetUpHIARCSX50UCI install programs. The UCI engines will then be automatically installed on your machine.

Once installed you will need to create/add the new UCI engines into your favourite GUI so you can use them. Please see the other questions on this page.

You will then be sent by email a personal license key to fully activate the products.

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How do I setup HIARCS UCI under Arena?

With Arena 1.1 running select the Engines menu and select the "New Engine" menu item as below:

You will then see a UCI/Windboard dialog box, select UCI and click OK

Now in the file browser navigate to the folder containing the HIARCS UCI engine you want. The default installation location for HIARCS 10 UCI is C:\Program Files\HIARCS Chess\HIARCS 10 UCI and for HIARCS X50 UCI it is "C:\Program Files\HIARCS Chess\HIARCS X50 UCI"

Select the HIARCS UCI engine and the engine will be available in the Engine Management screen.

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How do I setup HIARCS UCI under Fritz/Hiarcs (Chessbase)?

With Fritz/Hiarcs running select the Engine menu and choose the "Create UCI Engine" menu item.

In the SetUp UCI Engine dialog that appears select browse

Now navigate to the folder containing the HIARCS UCI engine you want. The default installation location for HIARCS 10 UCI is C:\Program Files\HIARCS Chess\HIARCS 10 UCI and for HIARCS X50 UCI it is "C:\Program Files\HIARCS Chess\HIARCS X50 UCI"

The HIARCS UCI engine will then be populated in the Setup UCI Engine dialog

You can now select "Change Main Engine" from the Engine menu and then choose the HIARCS UCI engine from the Load Engine dialog.

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How do I setup HIARCS UCI under Chessbase 9 ?

Very similar steps to above but this section will be defined soon.

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What levels are there for the beginner and average club player?

HIARCS UCI offers set Elo strength play with customised opponents from beginner at 1250 Elo to Super Grandmaster at 2800+ Elo. Depending on the GUI the way this Limited Strength option is employed varies.

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How can I get HIARCS' to use its own engine book?

The Ownbook engine parameter is on by default. This means HIARCS UCI will access its own book and even learn good and bad openings if the book learning option is on. However, you MUST turn the GUI book off or load an empty book so that Hiarcs will be able to play from its own book. Otherwise the GUI will play the book moves from another GUI book and not ask the Hiarcs engine for a move in the opening.

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