Check and mate: Facebook Messenger has a secret

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images


Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
People move pieces on a giant Chess set in Trafalgar Square on September 18, 2009 in London, England. The Chess set which launches this years London Design festival, consists 32 two metre high ceramic pieces on a mosaic glass chess board that were designed and created by Spanish artist Jaime Hayon. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Do you like chess? Do you like Facebook? Now you can combine the two likes in your life. 

According to The Verge, there's a chess game in Facebook chat. 

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And it works.

To start a game, log into messenger, either on your mobile device or on your laptop, find a friend who wants to take you on, and then type @fbchess play to start your game.

The person who initiates the game is on the white side, and gets the first move. 

To move your pieces, type @fbchess then a space then a command like P (for pawn) e (for a column) and 4 (for a row). It would look like @fbchess Pe4. 

Then you wait for your opponent to move.

If you make a mistake or illegal move, Facebook will warn you. 

Don't worry if you're not a chess expert, there's a help function, just type @fbchess help.

Other handy commands: @fbchess resign to end a match, and if you don't want to go first just type @fbchess play black.

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