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App description: 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 interview when asked what chess program he uses to analyse with said "generally I use HIARCS".

This power enables your iPhone 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.

HIARCS Chess supports PGN chess game databases and has 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.

Key features:
+ 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 user interface with multiple high quality pieces set, colour schemes and icons including high res support for iPhone 4 and 5 retina displays
+ 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 coach can provide move options, give hints, indicate move safety and quality highlights and watch your play and warn about mistakes
+ Transfer PGN databases to/from HIARCS chess via iTunes file sharing, email games and PGN DBs from HIARCS
+ Launch HIARCS from PGN email attachments
+ Load, save or delete games to/from PGN databases
+ Set up or edit a position to analyse or play from
+ Advanced game navigation with game 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, offer draws or resign
+ 8 Piece sets and 9 colour schemes
+ Integrated Html manual and help screens

A discount coupon is included with a $10 USD discount on other HIARCS products on Mac and PC from www.hiarcs.com.
08-28-2009, 06:59 AM
#2
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 127
*cough* RIPOFF!!!

Rozzie

08-28-2009, 07:06 AM
#3
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Poland
Posts: 393
ripoff? why? it seems to be tweaked Glaurung GUI with HIARCS features and engine...

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08-28-2009, 07:25 AM
#4
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Reading, England
Posts: 1,723
Agree - how can this be a ripoff? Look at the engine's pedigree. If you're a good chess player this is a superb engine to play against. $10 is pretty good for something like this I think...

Me, I'm waiting for Sesame Street Chess - I fancy my chances there but nowhere else!

Jamie.
08-28-2009, 08:13 AM
#5
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 1,418
This looks a good program. I've been really happy with Chess Genius so far, so I see no real need for this. I've even cheated playing online chess a few times with my ipod touch in hand inputting moves and letting the computer suggest my next move.

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08-28-2009, 10:10 AM
#6
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 207
This is big-time. Hiarcs is the strongest mobile chess engine there is. If you go to the chessbase web site and click on "shop," you can see pocket fritz 3 for the pocket pc platform. pocket fritz 3 uses the Hiarcs engine. That is what a state of the art, full featured chess program looks like. If the Hiarcs for iPhone is at the level of pocket fritz 3 in terms of features, then this will be an awesome development for people who are interested in a high-level chess program for the iPhone.

There is already a fritz chess app for the iPhone, but it looks to me like it was developed in a hurry and is not at the same level in any way as a true chessbase program such as pocket fritz 3.
08-28-2009, 10:33 AM
#7
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Reading, England
Posts: 1,723
RE the second screenshot - 'Coach thinks your last move was a mistake and recommends you take back your move'...

IF the app could try to explain to you WHY your move was a mistake then I would buy this in a heartbeat...

Anyone know if it does?!

Jamie.
08-28-2009, 10:47 AM
#8
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 207
Quote:
Originally Posted by badmanj View Post
RE the second screenshot - 'Coach thinks your last move was a mistake and recommends you take back your move'...

IF the app could try to explain to you WHY your move was a mistake then I would buy this in a heartbeat...

Anyone know if it does?!

Jamie.
It probably can't explain why, it can only prompt you with the warning when you make a bad move. However, you could just play the bad move and see what happens, and then take back all of the moves to get back to where you were before. The other thing that you may be able to do is to turn the real-time infinite analysis on, so you can watch the computer think and see what it is calculating for the next few moves ahead in terms of what are the best and most likely series of moves ahead.

Programs like this are very good at keeping track of multiple game variations, so you can play 20 moves or whatever, and then go back to move 13, for example, and start a new variation by making a different move. The various branches with different game variations can usually all be saved and viewed and changed. I can't say for sure with Hiarcs, but I will try to play it soon and confirm what you can and cannot do.

I would say that if you have any interest in playing chess on your idevice, get this game. $10 is not that much, I paid like $50 for Pocket Fritz 2 a few years ago for pocket PC, and this program looks like it may be significantly better.
08-28-2009, 10:55 AM
#9
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,750
Quote:
Originally Posted by jase23 View Post
It probably can't explain why, it can only prompt you with the warning when you make a bad move.
I don't know if it does, but there is no reason why it couldn't say something like:

This is a bad move because it will lead to a positional weakness.

or

This is a bad move because it will lead to a loss of your knight.

or

This move is a bad move because it allows a mate in three.


or something along that line.


Michael
08-28-2009, 10:57 AM
#10
Joined: May 2009
Location: 加拿大
Posts: 1,239
You mean the fact that his rook is hanging on H1? Yeah.

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