When Sensing Danger in Chess, Castle

The king is sure to be in danger in every game of chess. We can be sure the opponent has no good intentions for our king and its cohorts. Hence, it is good to often resort to castling. Chess castling is a good defense strategy.

Castling has some pre-conditions. First, it involves only the king and any of the rooks. Second, neither king nor rook should have been moved. Third, the castling path between the king and rook should be cleared (or, the knight, bishop, and sometimes the queen should be out of the way), and fourth, the king is not under check before the castling or will not be under check after the same.

Here's how to do a castling: move the king 2 squares sideward going to the rook involved and the rook moves into the square through which the king passed through, or the square between the king's original square and the one it landed on. The same with the rook on the queen's side.

Chess castling puts the rook protectively in the immediate side of the king, ready to meet any coming threat. It helps the rook do its bodyguard role for the king. This strategy looks even better when three pawns directly in front the king and rook remain in their original position.

Some players castle early on, some at mid-play. Either way, it helps in the easy release of the rook to do a quick support mission or a check and then return immediately to the king's side. With castling, the rook gains easy access to the center of the board ready to join any action. In addition, with this strategy, all enemy attacks get focused to one side of our board. When the king stays in its original center position the enemy can conveniently devastate both sides of our fortress at once. But when kept to a side, we can buy more time getting other pieces at the other side out of harm's way.

Finally, castling at mid-play is a good counter strategy in frustrating the initial assault of the enemy. When our king still occupies its original center position, the enemy will devise a center assault and focus all enemy pieces on the same. But if we suddenly do a castling, the enemy's plan will be thwarted and a new assault strategy will have to be formed against us.

Chess castling gives a lot of advantages and is perfect for both defensive and offensive purposes.


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