The Facebook Messenger app (which crossed the 800 million active users milestone last month), many of us use every day for chatting and voice calls, has a hidden chess game. The game can be played by any user in a personal chat window. It works on the Messenger app for Android and iOS, the Messenger Web client (www.messenger.com), and via messages on the Facebook Web interface.
To move your pieces, you will need to be familiar with the Standard Algebraic Notation commands used to refer both the pieces and locations on the board. Entering a command such as “@fbchess Pd3” would move a pawn to d3 location. For reference, K is for King, Q for Queen, B for Bishop, N for Knight, R for Rook and P is for Pawn.
If you get stuck, you can always enter “@fbchess help” in the conversation’s text field. A list of commands and instructions will then show up. The game tries its best to help users from losing and prevents them from making any move that does not protect the King, when in ‘Check’ situation. If you feel like giving up, you can always type “@fbchess resign”.
The feature was discovered by a Reddit user. While we don’t know when it was first introduced in the app, it has been there for at-least over a month now given that the Reddit thread itself is that much old.
It is worth mentioning that Facebook Messenger got its first game – Draw Something – last year.
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Facebook last month announced that the number of people using its Messenger application monthly has shot past 800 million, with more features on the way to win even more fans.
Improvements to the smartphone messaging application last year included ramping up speed, making it easier to send photos, adding video calling, letting businesses use it for customer service and adding the ability to send money to friends.
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