Can the King Jump?

The King’s normal move in chess is one square only, in any of 8 possible directions (diagonal or up/down or left/right). That’s not a jump move, it’s only 1 square! However, there is a special move in chess called “castling” (or “castles”) where the King moves 2 squares towards its own Rook (on either side), and then the Rook jumps over the King. But even in the castling move the King is not allowed to jump over any pieces (not its own or enemy pieces). The squares between the King and its Rook must be empty for castling to be allowed. There are also lots of advanced rules in the castling rules.

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