Facebook Messenger has a hidden chess game

Would you love to engage in a chess game with your friends on Facebook? Probably yes! If really you do, there is a means to this — a secret chess game designed straight into Facebook’s chat function as well as Messenger app. All you need do is open up a conversation with a friend typing “@fbchess play” to start a game. After this, you can just employ standard algebraic notation to realize moves of your pieces, this is done by prefacing every instruction with the command “@fbchess.” In this vein, “@fbchess Pe4” is a Facebook command to move your pawn (P) to square E4.

Facebook Messenger has a hidden chess game

Facebook Messenger has a hidden chess game

CONFUSED? Simply type “@FBCHESS HELP”

There is also the option of typing “@fbchess help” for instructions, but then let me put in the basics here: K stands for king, equally we have Q for queen, R for rook, and P for pawn! B for bishop, N for knight. Should the need arise to specify which piece you’re moving, you simply input additionally its location to the command. In this light “Nbd2” will move the knight in the b file ( which happens to be the vertical column) into square d2. Make use of the command “x” to go about taking a piece (making a practical illustration here. B2xc5 will have your bishop in the second rank, or horizontal row, to square c5); the command “=” to promote a pawn to a queen (e.g. e8=Q); and the command “0-0-0” to castle.

In all this, it is yet possible to use “@fbchess resign” to terminate a match, get to share very relevant statistics with “@fbchess stats,” after which you could select your preferred colour by typing “@fbchess play white” or “@fbchess play black.” (In the case where there is specification of colour, just in the normal culture, as usual in chess, white goes first.)


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