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Why is the rook so short?

  • #1

    The rook represents a castle.  Castles are far taller than kings, queens, bishops and knights in the real world.  Why is the rook so short?  What king would have such a diminutive castle built?  It would make His Highness a laughingstock!  And what knight worth his salt would bother protecting a castle shorter than him?  If this draws enough responses, I will start a petition.

  • #2

    It's short because you are stupid. LOL

  • #3
    SoluopSolim wrote:

    It's short because you are stupid. LOL

    On the other hand, your brilliant response suggests you have no sense of irony.

  • #4
    I don't know.
  • #5
    ancient Indians were strange is all I can say.
  • #6

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ogk you shouldn't eat too much **** it causes brain damage HAHAHAHAHHAHA

  • #7
    SoluopSolim wrote:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ogk you shouldn't eat too much **** it causes brain damage HAHAHAHAHHAHA

    Speak for yourself

  • #8
    FBloggs wrote:
    SoluopSolim wrote:

    It's short because you are stupid. LOL

    On the other hand, your brilliant response suggests you have no sense of irony.

    As does yours, perhaps?

  • #9

    A rook is kind of crow, which is much shorter than a King, Queen, Bishop or Knight. So the size of the rook seems fine in relation to the other pieces. But pawns are usually smaller than rooks, but serfs are usually bigger than crows, even in Russia, so what's that all about?

  • #10

    Rooks were originally chariots in earlier forms of chess, I believe?

  • #11

    seriously?

  • #12

    Yup, the Persian word rukh means chariot - see Wiki on rooks: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rook_(chess)

     

  • #13

    It is a little interesting when you consider height largely reflects piece value. Shortest pieces are pawns, tallest are Kings. However rooks are often shorter than knights and bishops. 

  • #14

    Thanks for taking my post seriously.  Really, you shouldn't have.

  • #15
    Well I've heard that rooks represent siege towers more then castles- portable, you see.

    I think it's so they don't get easily confused with the queen at a glance. All the pieces are different sizes for a reason. (Apart from the bishop and knight, which are complete different shapes and so can't be confused)
  • #16

    The physical size of a piece is proportional to its importance in tge game. Not a coincidence. And not all nations see the rook as a castle. Some call it 'a boat' - Russian term.

  • #17

    Maybe my response will be the one to start you on your way to writing a petition.

  • #18

    Actually the King intended for the Rook to be much larger than it currently is. However, once Queen had come back from her shopping spree in the local chess village, King was dead broke and could only raise the Rook to its current height. He is willing to raise it to a real castle's height if you are willing to bear the financial burden wink.png

  • #19
    Simonpal19 wrote:

    Actually the King intended for the Rook to be much larger than it currently is. However, once Queen had come back from her shopping spree in the local chess village, King was dead broke and could only raise the Rook to its current height. He is willing to raise it to a real castle's height if you are willing to bear the financial burden

    Finally someone offers a credible explanation!  As you may have guessed, this was (supposed to be) a parody of stupid forum topics.

  • #20

    I fail to see how people can take this light-hearted thread and turn it into a serious discussion thread. Its pretty evident from the OP that this thread is meant as a humour and should be taken likewise.

    Whats next? A serious discussion on why the Knight piece is denoted by only a horse from the neck up and not an actual Knight? tongue.png

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