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Why is the castle called a Rook?


  • 5 years ago · Quote · #1

    turn

    Why is a castle called a Rook? Why don't they just give one name for it?

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #2

    seansurfgood

    castle is a verb. rook is a noun.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #3

    varal

    Castle is noun too, but I think rook comes from some asian or arab origin.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #4

    AnthonyCG

    Some people call them "castles" but the correct term is "rooks." That's why R is used tn notate a rook.
  • 5 years ago · Quote · #5

    goldendog

    and why is the horsey headed guy called a knight too??

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #6

    AnthonyCG

    goldendog wrote:

    and why is the horsey headed guy called a knight too??


    Wooden chess sets would cost too much if the knights had a guy sitting on them lol.
  • 5 years ago · Quote · #7

    turn

    AnthonyCG wrote:
    Some people call them "castles" but the correct term is "rooks." That's why R is used tn notate a rook.

    They could use C...

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #8

    turn

    AnthonyCG wrote:
    goldendog wrote:

    and why is the horsey headed guy called a knight too??


     

    Wooden chess sets would cost too much if the knights had a guy sitting on them lol.

    The answer is not accurate.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #9

    Nytik

    turn wrote:

    Why is a castle called a Rook? Why don't they just give one name for it?


    They do just give one name to it. Nobody ever decided it was supposed to be a castle. The uneducated call them that because they're unaware of chess terminology.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #10

    turn

    okay, so castle is not legal?

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #11

    Nytik

    turn wrote:

    okay, so castle is not legal?


    Castle is not correct.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #12

    AnthonyCG

    turn wrote:
    AnthonyCG wrote:
    Some people call them "castles" but the correct term is "rooks." That's why R is used tn notate a rook.

    They could use C...


    They could use any of the other 25 letters in the alphabet but they would all not count. ;)
  • 5 years ago · Quote · #13

    AtahanT

    It's also more like a tower then a whole castle. The term "castling" then makes sense because the king uses a tower to castle himself into protection. Tower should be the name really. No clue where the heck they got the name "rook" from. Because the towers are high or reach far?

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #14

    AnthonyCG

    turn wrote:
    AnthonyCG wrote:
    goldendog wrote:

    and why is the horsey headed guy called a knight too??


     

    Wooden chess sets would cost too much if the knights had a guy sitting on them lol.

    The answer is not accurate.


    That is called a "joke." A rare find on this site...
  • 5 years ago · Quote · #15

    Trant

    I believe it comes from the original terminolgy. The Rook piece was originally a chariot, but became a tower when it moved to the west. 

    Rook, or some derivative, means chariot in one of the Asian languages. (correct me if I'm wrong)

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #16

    eddiewsox

    The Rook is called a Rook because chess hustlers used to rook people out of their money. The Bishop is called a Bishop because the Church insisted that chess be Christianized. The Night is called a Night because most chess was played at Night after the day's work was done. The pawn is called a pawn becasuse broken-dawn chess players would pawn their beautiful hand-crafted chess sets for food money. 

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #17

    Jpatrick

    A Rook is also a crow-like bird, native to Europe

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #18

    Trant

    Jpatrick wrote:

    A Rook is also a crow-like bird, native to Europe


    If only they'd named it a "Crow", then everyone could use "C" in their notation and be happy. ;)

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #19

    kingwangthegreat

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rook_(chess)

     

    Not that hard, guys.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #20

    ringwraith10

    a rook is a bird!

    o.O


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