Can Rooks Jump?

Can the Rook piece jump in chess? No, not really. The normal move for a Rook is up/down (vertical) or left/right (horizontally), but it only slides along through empty squares. It cannot jump over any pieces of its own color or over enemy pieces. Only the Knight can truly jump.

The only “jump” that a Rook does is in the castling move. In this special move, the King moves two squares towards its own Rook, and then that Rook “jumps” over the King to the other side, ending up next to its own King. But even this castling move does not allow the King or Rook to actually jump over any other pieces. There must be empty squares between the King and Rook for castling to be allowed.

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