How to Castle in Chess!

How to Castle in Chess!

Our goal here at the Chess Giant is to making learning how to play chess both fun and easy! In this video, we go over one of the coolest rules in chess, in which two pieces can move in just one turn! If you are just learning how to play chess, we have many other videos that might be helpful for you including how to play chess, en passant, how to checkmate, how to stalemate, and more! All links above!

What is castling in chess?

It’s basically when you’re king decides to swat with one of the rooks in the corners. The king moves two spaces over, and then the rook follows by jumping over the king by one square!

What are the benefits of castling in chess?

1. Faster development of the pieces.
2. Protection of the king, as it’s nicely tucked away in the corner.
3. Makes it easier for the rooks to become more active in the game.

When are you not allowed to castle?

1. When the king has moved.
2. When one of the rooks has moved. (Yes, you can still castle with the other rook! However, just like the king moving, if a rook moves, that cancels out the possibility of that rook being able to castle.)
3. When the king is in check.
4. When the king would have to go through check.

We hope you future chess players enjoy this chess lesson covering how to castle in chess! Let us know what you think!

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3 Comments

  1. 0:30 You meant kingside! Also, the king can't castle into check!

  2. Hey, the inital position of the pieces in this video is pretty similar to an opening I came UP with when I was in 9th grade, is there a name FOR ir so I can study it?

  3. Is this done in one move or you have to move the King twice?

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