I've been always interested in Chess, but never learned to play it correctly or even spent some time playing more than a couple of matches with friends. But during the COVID lockdown I started to watch people playing chess, and then I realized that the game is even more fun than I expected.
After that I started to play a bit online and discovered the great online platform Lichess, that's even free software. I do not play a lot, but I discovered that I like a lot the game and I watch chess streamers everyday and I even followed the professional competition.
So if you don't play chess, give it a try, it's a really nice board game, and a beauty "video game" that you can play online in a complete free software platform with a lot of community resources to learn, and even if you are a bad player like me, you can always enjoy the beauty of the chess watching other people playing.
With this new interesting hobby, I installed the chess application that I found in gnome. GNOME Chess is a good application, but then I ask myself, why not rewrite it in Rust? Okay, it's not a rewrite, it's just a new application, my idea is not to replace GNOME Chess, but to experiment with Gtk4 and Rust, and that's the reason I started to work on Gambito, that's just a new Chess game for GNOME, written in Rust with Gtk4.
The first idea was to create a simple app, without widget inheritance or anything, just draw a board with existing Gtk Widgets, and do the drawing with CSS and the interaction with drag & drop. And I did that for almost all the application, but at some point I needed something more specific that I was unable to do without a new widget. So right now almost everything is done that way but the marks and arrows, that are custom widgets.
Right now you can use the application to play against Stockfish or to analyse a match. At the beginning the idea was to create just a chess game, but right now I'm thinking more about a chess learning application, so I think I'll work more in analysis tools, tactic training games, and maybe some good content for beginners, inside the application, like a tutorial and some kind of assistant with theory.
And there's a lot of fun things to do, like linking with the Lichess platform, to be able to watch games in live, play online using the app instead the web interface, analyze Lichess matches and look for cheaters doing some kind of IA (yes, there are cheaters using chess engines to win matches in online chess platforms, I don't know why, but there are people like that).
So I'm getting a lot of fun from the old game Chess, fun playing, fun watching an fun writing a Chess game.