Each player’s rook on the queen’s side of the board at the start of a game.
- The Queen's Rook is then placed on the opposite side of the King on the first vacant square nearest to the King.
- When castling, the King either moves two squares towards the King's Rook, or the King move two squares towards the Queen's Rook.
- White can castle queenside a move earlier than usual, bringing the queen's rook rapidly into action.
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