Castling in Chess
Hello Chess for Children Kids! This is NM Mr. C and today we are going to talk about castling. We are going to lightly touch on the what , where, why, when and how of to castle in chess.
What is it?
When can you Castle?
You can castle if:
- The King did not move
- You didn’t move your Rook
- There is nothing between your King or Rook
- The King doesn’t end up in check
- His Majesty doesn’t pass through a check
- He isn’t in check.
Why Should We do it?
There are 6 reasons why we should castle:
- It makes our King safe
- We get to move 2 pieces at once
- Our King gets to jump over something
- The King gets to move 2 squares
- The Rooks get connected
- Our Rook gets to jump over things
Are there times we should’nt do it?
Yes, we should consider posponing castling if any of these situations arise:
- When some other action is more useful. Like winning material.
- It could be postponed if is too dangerous
- If we can castle on both sides and it depends on our opponent which side would be better for us
- We might postpone it if the center is blocked.
- An endgame is reached and it is irrelevant.
The History of Castling
This special move was the last move added to the rule of chess as we play it now.