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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 ...
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Draws, castling rights, and the FIDE's 2014 rulebook revision

A question of rulebook pedantry: Effective July 2014, the FIDE has revised its Laws of Chess. As you know, the Laws have long allowed a player to claim a draw by repetition. The July 2014 Laws, ...
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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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Rules on castling, what is allowed [duplicate]

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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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: How does right to castle and en passant get considered for the purpose of calculating a threefold repetition?

I'm writing a chess app, and have some questions regarding the intricacies of the threefold repetition rules. As of 2018, the FIDE handbook has this to say about what constitutes identical positions ...
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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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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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Why is it common to castle right after the opponent castles?

After watching many chess games, I've noticed that many players castle right after their opponent castles. Is this a coincidence? Or is there an unspoken benefit of this? Edit: And by right after I ...
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How to castle two times in a game

A simple question: Assuming that I'm playing as White, how can I castle twice in a game? I've asked myself this question after seeing the following game from Tim Krabbe's chess records "Greatest ...
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Did Bobby Fischer castle with a pawn promoted to a rook?

I once heard that Bobby Fischer pawn promoted to a rook, and then on a subsequent move, castled with that rook. I have been searching for the move history of this game, if it really did happen, but I ...
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Is castling possible with a pawn promoted to a rook?

I was thinking about some rules and I got a really nice question. Can we castle with a promoted pawn-rook? If the rules are not threatened. The King had not moved before, he is not passing a square ...
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What is the fastest vertical castling checkmate for both the kingside and the queenside?

Vertical: wherein the rook attacks down a file. Since I like to know fast ways to do theoretical objectives in chess, I wish to know the fastest possible castling checkmate, for both queenside and ...
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Is opposite-side castling an advantage?

I am a methodical chess player (https://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-players/types-of-chess-players) and I tend to work things out as I go along. I don't know any openings and tend to improvise the ...
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Is there a faster way to do horizontal castling checkmate?

Horizontal: wherein the rook attacks down a rank. I have composed horizontal castling checkmates for both the queenside and kingside. Is there any possible way to make these mates go any faster? ...