Are you a chess and Chatting lover? or if you wanna show off your chess skills to any friends then finally Facebook has introduced a hidden, fully functional, graphical command line game of chess on the Facebook Messenger app, so just select your opposite friends and done – Play chess on Facebook messenger :). It also works on the Messenger app for Android and iOS, the Messenger Web client (

How to Play Chess on Facebook Messenger?

To start a game, open a Messenger conversation with someone and type “@fbchess play”. You will see a chess board pop up with the 8*8 matrix, All rows are indicated in the numeric format (1 to 8) and columns are in alphabetic character (a to h). Unfortunately, the board is not drag-and-drop :(, so you can just use standard algebraic notation to move your pieces, prefacing every instruction with the command “@fbchess. 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.

There are also many other commands like:

  • @fbchess play white or @fbchess play black – Pick the colours
  • @fbchess draw offer – If you think neither of you can make any more moves
  • @fbchess stats – Show you and your friend’s current statistics
  • @fbchess undo – If you made a mistake
  • @fbchess resign – If you want to quit or end a match

For more Instruction just type in “@fbchess help”.

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]


  1. Hi,
    Awesome trick, will be able to learn something while chatting with some one now.
    Will definitely try this out and play especially Ill be travelling on a daily basis

    Akhil Choubey

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