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Did you know you can play chess in Facebook Messenger?

Facebook Messenger includes a free cross platform chess game that you can play against your friends.

Published onFebruary 1, 2016

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Did you know that there is a chess game built into Facebook Messenger that you can use to play against your friends? I sure didn’t, but it seems that anyone can have a go by typing “@fbchess play” (without the quotations) into a message to initiate a game with your buddy.

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Unfortunately though, Facebook’s chess game is not a touchscreen implementation that you are probably used to if you have used dedicated chess apps from the Play Store.

Instead, players have to type in commands to move the pieces around and a picture is updated with the latest piece positions. For example, “@fbchess e4” or “@fbchess Pe4” will move a pawn onto space e4, and there are a selection of other commands for moves like castling or promoting a pawn. For a full list of commands, simply type in “@fbchess help”.

It might not be super slick in its implementation, but this is not a bad way to play a game against your buddies across different platforms, as it works on iOS and PC too. Who’s up for a game?

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