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.
facebook messenger's built-in chess is the greatest thing i've heard about today so far.
— i'd like to add you to my professional network on (@zacanger) February 4, 2016
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]
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