How to Unlock the Secret Chess Game in Facebook Messenger

Facebook has a hidden Easter egg within its Messenger iOS app—the ability to play a chess match with your friends, right within the app. How to unlock and start playing chess right now with your friends and family? It’s easy:

1. Launch Facebook Messenger. In a conversation, type @fbchess play and a chessboard will appear. The game will randomly assign white or black and which friend will play first.

2. In order two make moves, you type commands. The following are letters you’ll type to move the appropriate pieces, followed by corresponding letter and numbers on the board.

K for king

Q for queen

B for bishop

N for knight

R for rook

P for pawn

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So to move your pawn as seen above, you’d type @fbchess Pa4 

3. To get help for more commands, type @fbchess help.

Since most people are on Facebook and Messenger, this makes it relatively seamless to play a game, without requiring the need to nag your contacts to download yet another app. Enjoy!

[via BetaNews]

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  • Mike Fradette

    Cool, didn’t know about that. Playing a game now 🙂

  • Good luck!