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Did you know you can play chess in Facebook Messenger?

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David Cornish
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Despite having spent an unsociable number of hours on the social network, we had no idea it could do this.

Open a conversation in Facebook Messenger and write "@fbchess play".

The following box should appear.

Look! It's a little chess board in your Messenger conversation! Neat!

However, you'll need a good deal of patience and an understanding of chess notation if you and a friend are going to complete a full game.

By entering "@fbchess help" you'll be presented with the following hint sheet:

  • Start game with random colors: @fbchess play
  • Pick the colors: @fbchess play white/black
  • Pick the opponent: @fbchess play white John
  • Make a move: use Standard Algebraic Notation:
    @fbchess e4 or @fbchess Pe4 moves pawn to e4
    Nbd2 to move knight from b-file to d2
    B2xc5 to take on c5 with 2nd rank bishop
    e8=Q to promote pawn to queen
    0-0-0 or O-O to castle
  • Claim draw (e.g. 3-fold repetition): @fbchess draw claim
  • Offer a draw in the current position: @fbchess draw offer
  • Offer an undo of the last move: @fbchess undo
  • Resign: @fbchess resign
  • Show current position: @fbchess show
  • Show stats between current players: @fbchess stats
  • Continue a game from another conversation: @fbchess continue
  • From 1:1 conversation, @fbchess continue with [friend]
  • From group chat, @fbchess continue from [thread name]

Got that? Good.

First noticed on Reddit by jargonaughtm, it's not known how long the function has been hiding away in Facebook's Messenger function - nor what other turn-based games might be waiting to be discovered.

Anyone for a game of @fbbattleships? Or @fbdarts?

Make it happen, Zuckerberg. 

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David Cornish

Shortlist.com’s esteemed Tech Editor. David has a keen interest in video games, Star Wars and stuff that runs on batteries.

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