22. Sep, 2021

Why castle ?

This is probably a stupid question that I'll regret asking later, but seriously, why do people castle?  Don't get me wrong, I've castled in nearly every game since learning about the move, but I'm starting to really think about it now.  Sure it connects the rooks, but is the king really any safer after castling than he was before?  Castling is essentially cornering your king and surrounding him with 3 or 4 measly pawns, a rook and at times, when it is able to be spared, a bishop.  This makes it difficult for the king to escape threats and sometimes even helps the enemy achieve the ultimate goal, checkmate – Chess.com forum

Diagram - White to move castles which side ?

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