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Code lets you play hidden chess game on Facebook

Posted: 7:58 AM, Feb 08, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-08 09:20:13-05

There's a secret game hiding in Facebook Messenger, and you can unlock it, if you know the special code.

Even if you don’t really care for chess, you can still impress your friends by creating a new chess game on the social media site. 

This hidden chess game is built into Facebook’s Messenger feature. There’s no need to download another application.

All you have to do is open up a chat window with a friend and type @fbchess play

You’ll see a chess board pop up instantly. In order to move the pieces, you’ll have to type where you want them to go.

K is for king, Q is for queen, N is for knight, B is for bishop, R is for rook and P is for pawn.

You use those letters and the square identifiers to make a move.

If you're lost, typing @fbchess help will explain more thoroughly. 

It’s not really clear how long this hidden chess game has been living in Messenger, but it just started to generate chatter online  thanks to reports from BetaNews and Lifehacker. 

As of this post, chess is the only game that appears to be hidden in Messenger. Typing @fbcheckers play didn't yield results.