Questions relating to castling

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How do you castle in one smooth motion?

One time I saw GM Gawain Jones playing a blitz game where he castled by placing one hand on his King and Rook. With a quick twist, the pieces were in the castled position. It happened so quickly, I ...
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Why is castling through and out of check prohibited?

Why is castling disallowed when the king is in check or when the square the rook will be placed on is under attack? What is the rationale behind this ruling?
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Rules on castling, what is allowed

I have learned about a move called castling, where you move the castle and the king to switch. Can anybody explain the rules? Thanks.
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Is castling allowed in this position? [duplicate]

[FEN "8/8/b7/8/8/8/8/4K2R w - - 0 1 "] In this case White hasn't moved his King yet. Is castling allowed?
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Is it possible to castle while checkmate?

I am new to chess gaming; please answer this for me: Is it possible to castle while checkmate? Thanks in advance.
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Question on FEN and castling

I was reading about FEN notation, and noticed the following line in the relevant Wikipedia article: If neither side can castle, this is "-". Otherwise, this has one or more letters: "K" (White can ...
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Willingly giving up castling rights in the opening?

[fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 d6 3. Nc3 e5 I've seen the Ukrainian/Old Indian Defence played in several GM games before 1970, and was wondering what black gained from willingly giving up castling rights ...
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Castling long in Sicilians (for black)

When/Why does black do it? What kind of strategies should both sides adopt in such games? What kinds of games does it give rise to (i.e. positional or tactical)? Which players are well known ...
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Castling long in the King's Indian Defence (for white)

When does white do it? Why does white do it? What kind of strategies should both sides adopt in such games? What kinds of games does it give rise to (i.e. positional or tactical)? Which players are ...
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Castling during the endgame

Are there any famous games where castling occurred during the endgame?
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To what extent should you prevent your opponent from castling?

I normally try to prevent my opponent from castling if possible, by forcing their king to move or keeping an attacking piece on a diagonal or file. I tend to make this a priority, giving up the ...
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What should I do about the dilemma of castling early?

OK, it has been said that one of the opening fundamentals is to castle early, but I have a dilemma with this and it may very well be a natural dilemma that has to be dealt with or there many be signs ...
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How did castling originate?

Castling to me has alwayes seemed like such a huge leap in terms of game play that I've always wondered how it came to be. Does anyone know the history behind how and why castling came to be?
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Why is castling king-side more encouraged than castling queen-side?

I often hear that you should castle king-side first rather than queen-side. What are the advantages of castling king-side as opposed to queen-side. Sometimes I like castling queen-side because when I ...
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Why is it a good idea to fianchetto above the castled King? If I do that, should I make sure to leave the Bishop there for a while to guard the hole?

I understand why fianchettoing can be helpful, even deadly to an opponent, but should it really be done on the side which the King castles into? I realize that the King's Indian Defense/Attack ...
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When is castling possible?

Is castling possible if any of the squares involved in the castling are under attack, or is this a problem only if the squares moved through by the king are under attack and not the ones moved through ...