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There's a secret chess game hidden in Facebook — here's how to play

Submitted by Tech Insider on August 15, 2016 - 3:27pm

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Facebook's messaging app let's you do more than just chat with your friends. You can trade GIFs, stickers, and photos. But most people don't know that you can also play chess.

Messenger has a built-in chess feature that lets you play with your friends without having to install a third-party app. It's a secret feature, and it's still a little clunky, but it works.

I've played my friend Daniel on Chess.com before (he's won every time), so I figured he'd be down for a game on Messenger. 

Here's how to play:

You just need to enter "@fbchess play" to start a game.

The board doesn't support drag-and-drop, so you need to type in specific commands to make the pieces move. Tell the game where you want to go, and it'll move the piece there.

But what if I want to make a more complicated move than moving a pawn? You can ask messenger for instructions by typing "@fbchess help."


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