Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Thal Abergel.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.


a)
White mates in 5.
Thal Abergel vs Serge Gaston, Massy, 1998
5rk1/4pp1p/p2p2pP/3Pb1P1/qp2P3/4PQ1B/P1R3K1/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf7+ if Rxf7 Rc8+ or if Kxf7 Be6+ ]

b)
White mates in 6.
Thal Abergel vs Jeremie Vilpoux, France, 1999
8/3q3k/bpr1pBp1/p2pP2p/P2P3P/1P6/3Q1P1K/6R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg6 Kxg6 Qg5+ Kh7 Qxh5+ ]

c)
White mates in 6.
Thal Abergel vs Nicolas Gerard, Sautron, 2004
1r3k2/5ppp/1q1b4/2pp1P2/p1p1RQP1/P1B1R2P/1PP5/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ Rxe8 Bxg7+ if Kg8 Qg5 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Thal Abergel vs Marjan Mitrovic, Obrenovac, 2004
4r2k/p3NR1p/3pb1pB/1p6/2rbP3/8/PPP5/2K4R w - - 1 0
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Bf8+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Thal Abergel vs Daniyyl Dvirnyy, Saint Vincent, 2005
2r1qr2/pp4k1/3p1p2/3PpR1Q/7n/2P1b3/PPB3PP/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rg5+ if Ng6 Rxg6+ ]



Thal Abergel Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Thal Abergel vs Pengxiang Zhang, Internet, 2006
4kr2/pp1r1pQR/4pR2/6P1/3pq3/P1P5/KP6/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rh8 Rxh8 Qxh8+ Ke7 g6 if Rd8 Rxf7+ ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Thal Abergel vs Sigurbjorn Bjornsson, Bethune, 2006
r2k3r/b4R2/1q4Q1/3pp2p/P5pP/1NP3B1/6P1/1K6 w - - 1 0
[ Qg5+ Kc8 Qf5+ Kb8 Qxe5+ Kc8 Rc7+ ]

c)
Thal Abergel vs Malcolm Tredinnick, Gibraltar, 2007
r1b2rk1/1p3p1p/p4B2/4p2p/8/PPP2P2/7P/2KR1B2 w - - 1 0
[ Bd3 Re8 Rg1+ if Bg4 Bf5 Kf8 fxg4 h4 Bd7 or if Kf8 Bxh7 Bg4 fxg4 ]

d)
Thal Abergel vs Stephane Vaillant, Metz, 2007
1q1N1rk1/2R2pp1/4p1np/8/3Q4/2P4P/6PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Nxe6 if f6 Qd7 ]

e)
Thal Abergel vs Benoit Taddei, Vandoeuvre, 2008
r3k2r/1b1n1pbp/2q3pn/p1P1p3/Pp6/1N3NB1/1PQ1BPPP/R3K2R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Bb5 Qc7 c6 Nb6 cxb7+ ]

Thal Abergel Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Thal Abergel vs Ilya Khmelniker, Israel, 2012
5r2/1R5p/2p1Q1pk/3p4/2p5/q7/2B2PPP/7K w - - 1 0
[ Rxh7+ if Kg5 f4+ Kxf4 Rh4+ Kg5 Rg4+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Thal Abergel vs Piotr Jagodzinski, Wroclaw, 2014
2R3r1/pB1kpb2/3qp3/r7/5P2/PQ1R4/1P4P1/K7 w - - 1 0
[ Bc6+ Kxc8 Qb7+ ]

c)
Thal Abergel vs Rogelio Quidiello, Erts, 2015
r1bqk2r/ppppbppp/2n5/3BP1n1/3p4/2P2N2/PP3PPP/RNBQK2R w KQkq - 1 0
[ Nxg5 if Bxg5 Qh5 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Thal Abergel vs Emilio Sanchez Jerez, Erts, 2015
2r2rk1/pQ2p3/4P1pR/2p2p2/1p3Bb1/3P4/PPq2P2/R3K3 w Q - 1 0
[ Rxg6+ Kh7 Qh1+ if Kxg6 Qh6# ]

e)
Thal Abergel vs Toni Lazov, Novi Sad, 2016
4qr1k/6pp/1p2Q2N/p1p2p2/P1P2P2/2b5/2P3PP/3R3K w - - 1 0
[ Rd8 if Qxd8 Qg8+ Rxg8 Nf7# ]

Thal Abergel Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Thal Abergel vs Miroslav Tosic, Novi Sad, 2016
r1b5/5k2/pn2pbnR/8/8/1N1R1Q2/1PP5/1KB3q1 w - - 1 0
[ Rh7+ if Kg8 Qxf6 Kxh7 Qf7+ or if Ke8 Rd8+ Kxd8 Qxf6+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Thal Abergel vs Clovis Vernay, Chartres, 2017
4rr1k/2n4p/q2N1b2/2pnpp2/P3P2P/1PB3Q1/3N1P2/R3K1R1 w Q - 1 0
[ Qg8+ ]

c)
Thal Abergel vs Anton Bilchinski, Pardubice, 2017
3r1rk1/2R2bb1/p1Q3qp/2Npp1p1/1P6/P5N1/5PPP/2R3K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxg6 Bxg6 Ne6 ]

d)
Thal Abergel vs Jack Van Zyl-Rudd, Port Elizabeth, 2019
8/p1r5/1p4pp/3Ppk2/1P2N2P/P4PP1/8/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Nd6+ Kf6 Ne8+ ]

e)
Thal Abergel vs Ronan Le Goff, Paris, 2019
8/4kpp1/1Q5p/1p2P2n/5P1N/4n1PP/3q2BK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Qxe3 ]


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