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How To Castle In Chess.com? (A Helpful Step-By-Step Guide!)

Okay, so you have started playing a chess game on chess.com. You may also know about what is castling. But you aren’t really sure about the procedure to castle on chess.com? Then don’t worry because you are in the right place. So let’s see, how to castle on chess.com?

How Do You Do Castling In Chess.com?

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Initial Position before castling in chess.com

Assuming that all conditions of castling to be allowed are satisfied, here’s how you can castle in chess.com:

1. Click on the king

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Click on the king in chess.com
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The first step in order to do castling on chess.com is to click or tap on the king. 

Remember, that if you don’t click on the king and directly first start clicking on the rook then you won’t be able to castle. The chess.com system will think that you want to move your rook.

So the first step of castling on chess.com is to click on the king.

2. Click on the square two spaces away from the king

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Click on the square two spaces away from the king in chess.com

Now, you have to click on the square that is exactly two spaces away from the king you want to castle as you can see in the above image.

In the entire game, the king usually moves only one space at a time. However, castling is the only move in which the king moves two spaces either on the left or right side along with the rook on that side in the same move.

To know more about how does the king moves in chess I recommend you check out my article about it here.

There are two types of castling:

  • Kingside Castling: King moves two squares to the right in the case of white and two squares on the left in the case of black. Also, the rook on that side moves directly on the other side of the king in the same move.
  • Queenside Castling: King moves two squares to the left in case of white while two squares to the right in case of black. Also, the rook on that side moves directly on the other side of the king in the same move.

I have already written a complete article on what is kingside and queenside castling. So I highly recommend you to check that out to know more about them

3. Alternatively you can also click on the rook where you want to castle

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Click on the rook in chess.com

Note that if you don’t want to click on the two squares and if you feel a bit odd to do it every time you castle then there’s another thing you can do.

Just after you click the king, you can click on the rook (of course on the side where you want to castle).

4. The castling move will happen automatically

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Castling happens automatically in chess.com

After you do all the above-mentioned steps castling will happen automatically on chess.com. Nothing needs to be done by you now. So now summarizing everything.

Here’s how you can castle on chess.com:

  1. Click on the king
  2. Click on the square two spaces away from the king
  3. Or click on the rook with which you would like to castle
  4. Castling happens automatically on chess.com

Easy! Right? But wait, there are also situations in which you may not be able to castle because you won’t be allowed to do so by the chess.com system. So let’s discuss

Why Can I Not Castle On Chess.com?

You are not allowed to castle on chess.com if any of the following situations occur:

  • Your king has already moved
  • Your rook has already moved
  • Your king is already in check
  • The space between the king and the rook is not empty
  • The king has to pass through check while castling
  • The king will be in check if it castles

In fact, not just in chess.com but if any of the above situations occur then you are not allowed to castle in any chess game because then it will be a violation of the rules of chess and thus it will be considered as an illegal move.

Always remember, you can’t castle in check, through a check, and into check! I also have a complete article about can you castle out of check. So you can check that out if interested.

Conclusion

In short, to castle in chess.com firstly click on the king. Then either click on the square two spaces away from the king or just click on the rook with which you want to castle. Doing these, castling automatically happens in chess.com

So I hope now you are completely clear about how to castle in chess.com. Here are some of my other articles which I recommend you to check out. 

Thanks and best of luck for your next chess game!

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