Rook First Move

The Rook’s first move in chess is important because of its impact on the “castling right”. The first move of the Rook must be castling, otherwise the right to castle on that side is lost. Good strategy is usually to castle early to take your king into safety (and centralize the Rook too).

Other than the castling rights, there is nothing special about Rook moves. Rooks can move forwards and backwards, left and right, without restriction.

Note that the Rooks cannot move on the very first move of the game. They are blocked in. Rooks are not allowed to jump over pieces. Usually Rooks only get to move much later, after most of the other pieces have been developed off the back rank.

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