Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 2 : What is Castling in a Chess Game

Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 2 : What is Castling in a Chess Game


Castling is another thing that you do need
to know about in chess and indeed it is very important to know it and it does occur in
almost every game and castling is basically moving the king in one move and this is done
in one move, the king is moved in two squares and the rook is also moved two squares. That
represents one move and that is castling. Castling can be done either on the king’s
side as I just demonstrated. It can also be done on the queen’s side although it is done
less often on that side. Queen’s side castling again the king moves two squares and the rook
in this instance moves three squares. That is an example of queen’s side castling. The
thing where people get confused is that they tend to, with queen’s side castling, remember
the king starts one square further away, they tend to move the king to here, that is incorrect,
the king always is in all castling moves two squares. In this instance the rook does move
the three squares. There are certain rules about when and where you cannot castle and
basically they are these. You cannot castle if you are in check so let’s put a black queen
there, the white king is in check and he cannot castle. Similarly you cannot castle into check
so let’s have the white queen here this time and again white cannot castle because he would
be castling into check. You also cannot castle through check. Castling through check would
be this because the white king actually crossed the square controlled by the black queen where
he would have been checked and therefore he cannot play, he cannot castle. The other move,
the other requirements are that the king must not have been moved prior to castling. If
you have moved and you come back to the square it is no good, you can’t castle nor can you
castle if you have for any reason moved this castle, this rook, even if you’ve gone back
to that square but of course you could do this and let me quickly summate with this.
If you had this situation and for whatever reason you had moved this rook at some point
but you have not moved your king and you are not breaking any of the other rules, you could
still castle on the queen’s side.

35 thoughts on “Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 2 : What is Castling in a Chess Game

  1. he has some stone age million dollar table think in the background believe me he just and idiot and dosent wanna take out his real one the one hes got is pretty usefull though it rolls up and is put in a jar

  2. Ya, because americans all sound alike right? Americans are born with the greatest arrogance, which you have proven once again.

  3. That's cool, but queen side castling actually had 3 squares and two squares, which was a good thing you clarified.

  4. im a noob, didnt know about castling untill now but on that last queenside one does he not go through check because of blacks rook or is he just assuming those pieces aren't in play or can u do it queenside whenever u want, cheers

  5. At 1.49 on this video he says …. ''Lets have the White Queen here '' ?  
    Ahh small problem….actually the queen he is moving at that moment is not the White Queen  but the Black queen !!

  6. Can you still perform a queen side castling if the queen side knight is still present? As the king dose not take this place when queen side castling.

  7. Never heard of queen side castling, so cheers. Chess is a easy game to learn but castling always makes me scratch my head when I haven't played in ages.

  8. Thank you so much for your guidance sir… performing castling move in chess will help us to place the king in a safe position.

  9. The king can’t castle into check. The king can’t castle through check. The king can’t castle out of check.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *