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Hiarcs withdraws from TCEC Season 6

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:33 pm
by Martin Thoresen
Mark Uniacke has withdrawn Hiarcs 14 from TCEC. Since Mark provided H14 for free for TCEC for the previous Seasons, TCEC does not wish to ignore this request and therefore it will be withdrawn. A replacement engine will be announced soon.

Re: Hiarcs withdraws from TCEC Season 6

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:48 pm
by overlord
I guess that reason is clear to everyone. It is hard to sell something what is far far worse than something free :D

Re: Hiarcs withdraws from TCEC Season 6

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:58 pm
by Modern Times
overlord wrote:I guess that reason is clear to everyone. It is hard to sell something what is far far worse than something free :D
Yes, agreed.

Re: Hiarcs withdraws from TCEC Season 6

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:18 pm
by Graham Banks
Martin Thoresen wrote:Mark Uniacke has withdrawn Hiarcs 14 from TCEC. Since Mark provided H14 for free for TCEC for the previous Seasons, TCEC does not wish to ignore this request and therefore it will be withdrawn. A replacement engine will be announced soon.
Sorry to hear that.
Hiarcs is a very fine engine, despite not being amongst the top few in the field.

All the best with the tournament.

Re: Hiarcs withdraws from TCEC Season 6

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:05 pm
by fern
worse in what?
Maybe in engine Vs engines matches.
I am not an engine so I look for interesting and strong engines to play and Hiarcs has the adequate mix. Other engines could be a bit stronger, but a boring thing to play on.
Sorry, but I still do not forget that chess is for human pleasure.

Fern

Re: Hiarcs withdraws from TCEC Season 6

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:08 pm
by ouachita
Martin Thoresen wrote:Mark Uniacke has withdrawn Hiarcs 14 from TCEC.
Wise move; it had no chance.

Re: Hiarcs withdraws from TCEC Season 6

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:25 pm
by Bloodbane
overlord wrote:I guess that reason is clear to everyone. It is hard to sell something what is far far worse than something free :D
I don't think that is the reason, because if it was why was H14 a participant last season?

Re: Hiarcs withdraws from TCEC Season 6

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:57 pm
by michiguel
Martin Thoresen wrote:Mark Uniacke has withdrawn Hiarcs 14 from TCEC. Since Mark provided H14 for free for TCEC for the previous Seasons, TCEC does not wish to ignore this request and therefore it will be withdrawn. A replacement engine will be announced soon.
Bummer. Among the old guard commercials, it was the one who displayed the most interesting game, and the most competitive one in the last two seasons. That is, it was the harder bone to chew for the big three. I really do not understand this decision.

In the future, maybe you can buy the engines with money from the donations (if there is anything left). Then, you will be independent to use/not use whatever engine you like.

Miguel

Re: Hiarcs withdraws from TCEC Season 6

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:26 pm
by Modern Times
Bloodbane wrote:
overlord wrote:I guess that reason is clear to everyone. It is hard to sell something what is far far worse than something free :D
I don't think that is the reason, because if it was why was H14 a participant last season?
Maybe their sales took a hit after that.

Re: Hiarcs withdraws from TCEC Season 6

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:44 pm
by jd1
Martin Thoresen wrote:Mark Uniacke has withdrawn Hiarcs 14 from TCEC. Since Mark provided H14 for free for TCEC for the previous Seasons, TCEC does not wish to ignore this request and therefore it will be withdrawn. A replacement engine will be announced soon.
Wow, that's a surprise! Hiarcs did quite well in previous TCEC seasons, will be a pity not to see it this time.

Jerry