There’s a secret chess game hidden in Facebook — here’s how to play

Women's chess

Facebook’s messaging app let’s you do more than just chat with your friends. You can trade GIFs, stickers, and photos. But most people don’t know that you can also play chess.

Messenger has a built-in chess feature that lets you play with your friends without having to install a third-party app. It’s a secret feature, and it’s still a little clunky, but it works.

I’ve played my friend Daniel on Chess.com before (he’s won every time), so I figured he’d be down for a game on Messenger.

Here’s how to play:

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