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# What is castling?

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I know a little bit about castling but I need information about it and how to do it.

Gameknife wrote:

I know a little bit about castling but I need information about it and how to do it.

https://support.chess.com/article/266-how-do-i-castle

Usually done to safeguard the King................In order to castle on either side,

1 -- All squares between King and Rook must be empty

2 -- King has never moved

3 -- King is not in check -- can not castle out of check

4 -- castling must not involve the King crossing over a "line of check" -- meaning to say if White wants to castle K-side, the f1 square can not be under direct attack by an enemy piece

When you satisfy all the above, you can castle by moving  the King  2 squares in the direction you want to castle on,  and the Rook hops over the King on the bordering square.

You need to clear the pieces between your king and rooks (on either side). Make sure to never move your king or rooks before clearing those pieces.

Once cleared, those lanes can’t be under attack by opponent’s pieces. If they are, you have to clear the attacks first.

Once these criteria are met, you select the king and move him 2 spaces over to the right or left and flip the rook to the other side of the king and place the rook right next to the king.

The king is now safely moved to spots over and the rook sitting next to the king on the other side.

There are four books you must (need to) read before your first castling.

HorsesGalore wrote:

Usually done to safeguard the King................In order to castle on either side,

1 -- All squares between King and Rook must be empty

2 -- King has never moved

3 -- King is not in check -- can not castle out of check

4 -- castling must not involve the King crossing over a "line of check" -- meaning to say if White wants to castle K-side, the f1 square can not be under direct attack by an enemy piece

When you satisfy all the above, you can castle by moving  the King  2 squares in the direction you want to castle on,  and the Rook hops over the King on the bordering square.

5. The rook must lie along the same rank as the king.

Without this stipulation, when a pawn promotes to a rook on e8 and the king is at e1...

Can I ask you some questions 😂? Where did you grow up? Let's talk about your child hood? I see that dumpster in your profile. We're your parents there for you? What was the most traumatic moment you remember as a kid? That will help me help you castle

p1mpinpauly wrote:

Can I ask you some questions 😂? Where did you grow up? Let's talk about your child hood? I see that dumpster in your profile. We're your parents there for you? What was the most traumatic moment you remember as a kid? That will help me help you castle

i dont give my personal data away and my profile is a joke