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Castling

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There is a special King move called CASTLING.

When you castle you actually move two pieces at the same time. The two pieces you move are the King and a Rook. The actual name castling comes from the name of the piece - a Castle -which is another name for a Rook.

To castle you always move the King two squares towards the Rook you are going to use and the Rook comes round the other side of the King.

It is a rule that the King is moved first when you castle.

There are SIX rules that prevent you from Castling - see here.

Here the Kings and the King side Rook are on their starting squares
If you want to castle with the King's Rook , the King moves two squares towards this Rook. At the same time the Rook cames around to the other side as shown.
After you have castled on the King's side the King and Rook will be placed like this.
Here the Kings and the Queen side Rook are on their starting squares
If you want to castle with the King's Rook , the King moves two squares towards this Rook. At the same time the Rook cames around to the other side as shown.
After you have castled on the Queen's side the King and Rook will be placed like this.