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Entry from May 07, 2018
“The first time I played chess I tried to move my castles diagonally. Classic rookie mistake”

There are two players in the game of chess (players with white pieces and black pieces), and each player has two rooks (or “castles"). A rook moves in straight lines, but not diagonally.

“The first time I played chess I tried to move my castles diagonally.  Classic rookie mistake” is a joke that was posted on Twitter by Adam Roberts on March 27, 2011.


Wikipedia: Rook (chess)
A ,i>rook (/rʊk/; ♖,♜) is a piece in the strategy board game of chess. Formerly the piece was called the tower, marquess, rector, and comes (Sunnucks 1970). The term castle is considered informal, incorrect, or old-fashioned.

Twitter
Adam Roberts
@arrroberts
The first time I played chess I tried to move my castles diagonally.  Classic rookie mistake.
11:20 AM - 27 Mar 2011

Twitter
Ian Power
@IHPower
Whilst playing chess for the first time, I embarrassingly tried to move the castle diagonally. Rookie mistake.
12:50 PM - 26 Aug 2011

Twitter
Scott Washington
@scottwashi
In chess, moving your castle first would be considered a ROOKie mistake.
12:35 PM - 18 May 2012

Twitter
Scott Myц
@ScottMuc
A moment of punspiration! Q: What do you call it when you castle incorrectly in chess?
A: A rookie mistake
4:32 PM - 13 May 2013

Twitter
Boomtastic
@boomtastic
The first time I played chess, I thought the castles moved diagonally.
Rookie mistake.
8:01 AM - 18 Apr 2018

Twitter
Harry
@GhostOfGreenSt
I’ve only just started playing chess and I keep trying to move the castles diagonally. Rookie mistake.
#1PUN
5:00 AM - 27 Apr 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Monday, May 07, 2018 • Permalink