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Chess: What Does It Mean To Castle

Here is how to Castle in Chess.

Unlike most board games, Chess has nothing to do with luck. Every piece you gain and lose comes from your strategy and awareness. It is a battlefield of minds, where you use The Queen’s Gambit, King’s Indian Defence, and other strategic moves. Apart from these high-effort moves, there are special and simple ones too, like Promotion and Castling to get the upper hand. If you are new to this game, you might be wondering what these moves are. No worries, let us first start with Castle in this Chess guide.

What is Castle in Chess? How to Do It?

Castling In Chess

Castling is exactly what it sounds like, this builds a castle around your King. And lets you make two moves at once. Two moves? But is it even allowed, it sounds like cheating? If you think about all that. Then you are not wrong. Because this is a cheat move, but legit. You require two unmoved Rook pieces and a King for this move. Now let us learn this move as easy as possible.

There are a total of 64 boxes on the Chessboard, divided into 8 rows and 8 columns. Your first 8 rows consist of all main pieces: King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, and Rook. Boxes 1 and 8 contain Rook. And box 5 contains King. If King moves two steps to the Right or Left, then these Rooks will jump beside him to cover him from external threats. Since King has limited moves, this will let him move safely and protect King from any predicted enemy attacks.

The move is simple, but there are some conditions.

  • First: All other cells of the first row, except Rooks and King should be empty.
  • Second: This should be your King and Rook’s first move.
  • Third: You cannot use this if your King is in Check.
  • Fourth: King is not allowed to jump boxes which can put him in Check.

This is all you need to do to Castle in Chess. If you found this guide knowledgeable. Also, read about the best board games for adults.