Did You Know You Can Play Chess Inside Facebook Messenger?

   
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Facebook Messenger is a great tool for chatting with your friends, and using Messenger apps can increase its functionality greatly. However, Facebook Messenger has a few tricks up its sleeve that don’t require any outside software.If you’re a fan of chess, you’ll be happy to know that you can play a game right inside Messenger. Simply type @fbchess play in a chat window to start a game up with your friend. This works on any platform (Messenger for iOS/Android, and on the Web).

It might seem a bit clunky on phones, but this chess game doesn’t use touch controls. Instead, you’ll have to type commands to move your pieces; for example, @fbchess Pb4 will move your pawn on the B column to row 4. That’s all you need for basic movement, but if you want to castle or perform other special moves you’ll need other commands. Just type @fbchess help to see a list of what you can do.

There are tons of ways to play chess without being face-to-face with someone, including playing by mail, using a website, or playing on a dedicated app, but playing on Messenger means you can start with anyone you know on Facebook.

    Who will be the first to claim that, because there's a Facebook Messenger chess app, there must be circa 1.5 billion chessplayers worldwide?

    — Olimpiu G. Urcan (@OlimpiuUrcan) February 3, 2016

It’s a common platform and doesn’t require any setting up, which is convenient. Try it next time there’s a lull in one of your conversations — you’re bound to have someone on your friends list who loves chess!

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