I’ve started learning Go!
As a toy project I plan to program a simple chess engine. Here’s what I want to code:
- a board representation with input/output to FEN1,
- a simple evaluation function (maybe just counting material),
- a move generator,
- an alpha-beta tree search algorithm2,
- an implementation of the UCI protocol3.
Let’s keep it simple! All this should be possible in a few thousand lines of code.
Once the engine works and speaks the UCI protocol, it should be easy to bring it online as a Lichess bot4 - so you’ll be able to play against it :)
As soon as I have a name for it (that’s the hardest part), I’ll open a Codeberg5 repository for it.