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Chess programs in python

General principles and my experience building one

David Howlett

Saturday 15th, 12:30 (Room D)

A talk (25 minutes)

This talk will cover the standard techniques used to build chess playing programs including minimax, alpha-beta search, piece valuation, positional valuation, iterative deepening and transposition tables. This talk will assume a knowledge of python but no knowledge of chess or the existing literature on how to write chess engines.

I became fascinated by this topic after taking part in a competition with my brothers to build the best chess program during the Christmas holidays 2016.

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