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Chess Castling – Castling In Chess Explained

by | Jan 8, 2017 | Chess Resources | 0 comments

What is chess castling or castling in chess? In this post I’ll cover the basic Chess Castling rules and explain how you can do castling in chess, why it is important and when you can or cannot castle in Chess.

Chess Castling – What is Castling in Chess?

chess castling

Well castling is a special move in chess through which you can safeguard your king. Castling in chess has quite a few rules to remember and may get confusing, but I’ll explain you all one by one, so stay tuned. In chess castling, king moves two squares which is unique as your king doesn’t move like this all the time. So what happens is, King moves two squares and rook is placed next to it.

How To Do Castling in Chess?

So remember that at very beginning King start at square e1 (Considering white players case here) So in castling it can move to either g1 or c1 that depends on types of castling. In both types after king is moved you just place rook next to it.

Short Castling or Short Castle

Short Castle is when you castle your king to shorter side or H-file. In this type of castle you place your King on g1. You can see in the image from arrows which one is short and which one is long.

Long Castling or Long Castle

In Long castle, you move the king longer side in direction of Queen towards a-file and place it on c1. Remember rook is always placed next to it.

Chess Castling Rules

There’s few rules you need to remember while doing chess castling.

  1. Before castling King should not be moved (i.e it should be the kings first move of the game).
  2. To whichever side you castle, the rook on that side should also not be moved.
  3. There should be no pieces in between king and rook.
  4. You cannot castle if your king is under check.
  5. You cannot castle into check.
  6. You cannot castle if the square involved in castling are under attack by opponents piece.

This was a post on chess castling, hope you understood the rule!