How to Play Chess In Facebook Messenger #smlondon

To celebrate their 12th birthday, Facebook have installed a secret game of chess in the Facebook Messenger app.

Yep, that’s right – if you’re bored of your friend’s conversation, you can now challenge them to a game of chess.

To begin a game, simply send this command in a message to your friends: “@fbchess play”.


A tiny green and white Chess board will appear and the game begins.

To play the game, you need to use ‘Standard Algebraic Notation’ – don’t worry, it’s pretty simple once you get the hang of it. For example, to move your pawn forward, type “@fbchess g3” and it’ll move!

If you get confused, just type “@fbchess help” which will bring up a long list of commands:

  • 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]

Happy playing!

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