HIARCS Chess for iPad
By Applied Computer Concepts Ltd.
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HIARCS is a multiple World Championship winning chess program and the only handheld chess program in the world which has won matches and tournaments with Grandmasters. It twice won the Mercusor Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina ahead of Grandmasters with a performance of 2900 Elo, the best chess performance rating for any handheld device in history.
In 1997 the World's strongest ever human chess player, Garry Kasparov, said "HIARCS is much better positionally than Deep Blue" and even the current World champion, Vishy Anand, in a recent 2011 interview when asked what chess program he uses to analyse with said "generally I use HIARCS".
HIARCS Chess for iPad harnesses this chess power to enable your iPad to play chess like a super Grandmaster, analyse games and chess problems with you, or play at whatever weakened chess strength you want from beginner to GM strength while offering numerous features to help you learn and improve as you play with HIARCS. An advanced set of coaching features helps players of all strengths improve their chess play.
HIARCS Chess has a full range of realistic weaker opponent strengths and playing styles catering for players of all abilities from absolute beginners to Grandmasters. On the weaker playing levels HIARCS will make human-like mistakes appropriate to the level of play and this together with the integrated coach advice, assessments and alerts allow you to learn and improve quickly. HIARCS also monitors your chess performance and provides you with an Elo chess rating which tracks your chess ability in every game. It can continuously adjust its playing strength to give you challenging but beatable opponents as you improve.
HIARCS Chess will save battery life by using much less energy on the weaker levels, allowing more playing time on long journeys etc.
You can transfer PGN game databases to and from HIARCS Chess and load/save your chess games in PGN format, it even has databases of all the games between Fischer & Spassky and Kasparov & Karpov for you to play through and enjoy.
HIARCS has a large tournament book which is up to date with chess theory with over 235,000 variations. The book moves are displayed on screen with chess symbols and the opening variations are named and ECO coded.
+ Strongest chess program on iPhone and iPod Touch, genuine strong GM-level performance
+ Suitable for all players from absolute beginners to strong Grandmasters with many handicap levels and opponents styles and advanced coaching
+ Intuitive and friendly, iPad tailored, user interface supporting all four screen orientations with multiple high quality piece sets, colour schemes and icons
+ Multiple playing modes: play white, black, both sides in two player mode, continuous analysis and interactive replay
+ Fully adjustable Elo strengths, adaptive levels and multiple playing levels and opponents
+ All levels below maximum are low energy to increase battery life
+ Rates your chess play and gives you an Elo rating which is updated after each game
+ Advanced coaching provides move options, hints, move safety and quality highlights and watches your play to warn about mistakes
+ Transfer PGN databases to/from HIARCS chess via iTunes file sharing, load/save PGNs, email games and PGN DBs from HIARCS
+ Set up or edit a position to analyse or play from
+ Advanced game navigation with move slider and VCR buttons for rapid and precise game navigation
+ Many selectable preset blitz, incremental and average time clock settings for timed play
+ Large HIARCS tournament opening book as used by the professionals!
+ Permanent brain for enhanced playing strength
+ Numerous chess display functions for showing chess moves, analysis, book moves, coach advice, move quality even legal moves
+ Integrated Html manual and help screens
What's New in Version 13.7.5
New PGN game replace feature
New Material Balance feature
Improved handling of PGNs, email attachments and clipboard games
Larger fonts for analysis, notation and book statistics
Awesome site Awesome customer service...
Hello fellow chess players. I'm not an advert chess player. I just like to play here and there on-line. I've really been getting pretty bad while playing other opponents, so I've decided to try and get help with my game playing. So here I am with HIARCS I have to say I'm pretty impressed with this app. The customer service is simply outstanding. With my rating of 10 out of 10!! The app owner is patient and very understanding no matter how dumb you think your questions are, and believe me I have asked him some dumb questions. even the the answer is right in front of you, the app owner broke down what was already laid out on his site and sent me a personal email to simplify the already simple wander to my question. End result this app is incredible well worth the money and so many features and options to learn. Thanks for all of your help Mark.
Hiarcs is outstanding software
I am really pleased with the variety of options both in the board and piece appearance, but also in the great range of believable weaker playing options. This program does not hang a piece and then play like a Grandmaster afterwards to try to save the game when playing at 1300 ELO. Rather it makes a series of suboptimal moves that give you the chance to spot the opportunities it is giving you. Very nice play from a fantastic program. It even takes its time when thinking even though it is playing at a weaker level (which I asked it to do so I can have a chance at winning or even just drawing a game or two).
Long term excellence
I have been using Hiarcs for a long time, since it was only a Mac application. The opening data base is first-rate, the display options offer just what you need, and the evaluation of positions are about as good as you can expect from a chess program. I have about six chess engines on my iPad and iPhone, along with several on my Mac laptop. Hiarcs ranks near the top in all areas of evaluation criteria. You could justify getting this program just for the opening data base and use Hiarcs as a trainer to learn new openings or review ones you think you already know.