Few games match the minds of opponents against one another as well as chess. Each player begins with the same pieces to implement in the battle for victory. Each can rely only on those pieces, and one’s faculties for planning and reason. But as important as a sound strategy is an intimate knowledge about the intricacies of the game. For example, did you know that there is a move that allows you to move both your king and rook on the same turn?
Executing this move is known to chess experts as “castling.” It can be done only under a very specific set of circumstances, but utilizing such a move can be the difference between victory and defeat.
Castling involves the king and the rook closest to the king. In order to execute the move, neither piece can have been moved before in the course of the game. Further, all of the pieces between the king and the rook must have been evacuated.
Note the configuration of pieces before the castling is completed. The rook should be at the corner of the board. Then there should be two empty squares, and then the king. Now, enact your move:
Move your king to the second space from the corner of the board in the back row, and move your rook to the third space from the corner of the board in the back row.
This move is particularly effective if your opponent has enacted a lengthy strategy to get your king in check. Simply castle and your king will be out of check, and your rook will quite possibly be in a position to attack.
You can also actively attack your opponent while he thinks he is trapping your king, and then escape at the last moment.
Another little known piece of chess knowledge is that if you lose your queen, you can get it back by advancing one of your pawns to the back line of your opponent.
These two pierces of chess knowledge are perfect ingredients to make beginning chess players into players of intermediate skill and tact.