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!