Play Chess via Facebook Messenger?

You can use Facebook Messenger to send messages, photos, videos or money, and even to secure a ride from Uber, but did you know you can also play chess on the application?

You can use Facebook Messenger to send messages, photos, videos or money, and even to secure a ride from Uber, but did you know you can also play chess on the application?

First detailed on Reddit in December, and never announced by Facebook, Messenger users can type @fbchess play during conversations to bring up a chess board.

The stealth chess game does not support drag-and-drop functionality, but BetaNews provided instructions, saying that players should select the piece they want to move as follows:

  • King: K
  • Queen: Q
  • Bishop: B
  • Knight: N
  • Rook: R
  • Pawn: P

They must then determine the square on the board that they choose to move the piece to, and enter the move similar to the following example: @fbchess Pd3.

According to Mashable, the game also features commands for offering a draw (@fbchess draw offer), undo (@fbchess undo) and resign (@fbchess resign).

Help is available by typing @fbchess help.

Readers: Shall we play a game?

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Chess image courtesy of Shutterstock. Image of chess on Facebook Messenger courtesy of Mashable.