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Encyclopedia > Castle (chess)

In chess Castle is a term used to describe: This article is about the Western board game. ...

  • Castling which is a special move involving the king and rook.
  • The rook itself since it is shaped like a castle. However, this use of the word is incorrect.

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Castling at AllExperts (997 words)
Castling on the kingside is sometimes called castling short and castling on the queenside is called castling long; the difference being based on whether the rook move a short distance (two squares) or a long distance (three squares).
In queenside castling, the king is placed closer to the center and the pawn on the a-file is undefended; however, the king is often moved to the b-file to defend the a-file pawn and to move the king away from the center of the board.
Castling is an important goal in the early part of a game, because it serves two valuable purposes: it moves the king into a safer position away from the center of the board, and it moves the rook to a more active position in the center of the board.
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