Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.
This week’s skill: Chessboard
Description: The classical Chess game on your Echo Show!
Real world use: I love the game of Chess and its one of my favorites. It takes deep thought and skill. Now a new Alexa skill is available that brings Chess to screen-enabled Echo devices. Intended for the Echo Show, it also works on the Echo Spot, however, the screen display its more difficult to see due to the obvious screen size discrepancy.
Gameplay is easy. The board is split out by rows and columns and you move by issuing commands using either game piece names or rows and columns designations.
Move pawn to Delta 4
Move E5 to E6
You can even use the “undo” command.
Additionally, you don’t have to finish a game during a single sitting. Your board positions are saved and you can come back later to play more.
Your moves are also recorded and represented as cards in the Alexa app.
Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Amazon Cloud Cam, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.
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