Use this worksheet to teach your little ones some of the rules guiding how a king can operate across the chess board. The king cannot castle if the king or the rook is not on their starting squares. The king cannot castle if the king or the rook has moved already. The king cannot castle if there is any other piece between the rook and the king. If your child understands these rules, ask them to circle the king and the rook that can castle in the picture.
In a game of chess, the king can castle with the rook of the same color in order to get into a safer position. When the rook moves 2 squares, castling is written as 0-0. If the rook moves 3 squares, castling is written as 0-0-0. Now, look at the worksheet with your child. On the first chessboard, the king has moved two squares aside towards the rook. On the second one, the rook has jumped over the king to stand beside it. Let your child use their castling knowledge to answer some of the questions in this easy pdf.
Before beginning this worksheet, teach your child the following rules. The king cannot castle if the king is under attack of an enemy piece. The king cannot castle if the king will move to a square attacked by an enemy piece. The king cannot castle if the king has to cross the attack line of an enemy piece. With this castling information at hand, your child should be more than ready to play a game of chess. But first, help them complete the exercise by checking the pictures where a king can castle.
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