The Perfect Time for Castling

Rooks are perfect guardians of a king. Hence, only kings and rooks are allowed to castle. Castling is a strategic maneuver for strengthening a king's defenses. Here is a summary of the rules applying to castling in chess.

First rule is that castling should only involve a rook and its ally king. It cannot be two rooks or any other piece. It is strictly for a rook and its ally king. Second, the rook and the king involved should never have been moved since the beginning of a game. Third, the path between the king and the rook should be clear. And fourth, the king is not under check at the time of castling or will be under check after the same.

To castle, the king moves two squares towards the rook it is castling with, whether to the left or right. Then, the rook involved occupies the square the king has passed over. Castling considerably strengthens the defense of a territory, makes the king more secure, and positions the rook in a more strategic location than being uselessly confined to a corner.

Castling hastens the tandem team work of the 2 rooks. The distance between them is considerably shortened so they can work together sooner. Two rooks together are formidable defense pieces for a king and can effectively thwart even enemy queen attacks. Castling in chess fortifies the environs of a king at the start or at mid-play and initiates a strong support network of all pieces.

Castling can also offset the all-out war of the enemy focused on the center where our king originally stands. After the enemy has spent energy and time positioning the best enemy pieces for a final center assault, a simple castling would make all the enemy's efforts null and void, forcing a new set-up of attack. Thus, castling also enables us to control the enemy.

However, the worse time to castle is when the enemy has finished positioning an attack team at the left side of our board and we help the enemy by opting a castling with our left rook. This is not against chess rules but it's definitely against our interest. The strategy here is to castle opposite the build up of enemy forces. Remember; always think of our king's safety.

Castling in chess is an excellent way of protecting our king and also positioning our rook for an easier release. It's among the best ways of upsetting the enemy's plans against us.