As weird as this question may seem, I am looking for a famous chess position to put in a birthday cake. Ideally the position should involve at least one knight and about 6 pieces.

Any idea of a good position matching this constraints?

  • Famous chess position or famous tactic? In either case, you could consider the game of the century position after his queen sack and just before the windmill tactics that occur after the knight is moved. Move 18/19. – NoseKnowsAll Jan 14 '16 at 19:01
  • It should be a famous position. I considered this game, however it has way too much pieces. I need a position with about 6-8 pieces for this cake. – Martin Copes Jan 14 '16 at 19:02
  • One more try: How about the final position here? While there are several more pieces than 8, you can certainly remove several white/black pawns and still arrive at the same effective position. – NoseKnowsAll Jan 14 '16 at 19:08
  • If you have ChessBase you can use it for this. Search a database of the famous games with a filter for material. – limits Jan 15 '16 at 0:14
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    Problem is that 6 pieces including a knight doesn't leave a lot of options (1 knight + 2 kings leaves only 3 other pieces). However if you want the knight to be star of the show smothered mate is one possibility, look at the little diagram at the top of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smothered_mate and add a white king somewhere legal on the board – Ian Bush Jan 15 '16 at 15:53

How about Philidor's mate?


[Title "Philidor's Mate"]
    [FEN "1r4k1/3Q2pp/8/6N1/6K1/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"]

    1. Qe6+ Kh8 2. Nf7+ Kg8 3. Nh6+ Kh8 4. Qg8+ Rxg8 5. Nf7#

A well known pattern that involves a (sham) Queen sacrifice, a double-check, and a smothered mate delivered by the lowly Knight.


Maybe this very famous puzzle suits your cake :) White mates with knight extremely elegantly.

This puzzle was also in Chessbase Christmas puzzles in 2001.

[Title "Genrikh Kasparian, Shakhmaty v SSSR 1935"]
[FEN "2B3K1/8/3N1p1p/6pk/5P1P/6P1/7r/5r2 w - - 0 1"]

1. Ne8 Kg6 ( 1... f5 2. Bxf5 ) ( 1... Rxf4 2. Ng7+ Kg6 3. Bf5+ Rxf5 4. h5+ Rxh5
5. g4 ) 2. h5+ Rxh5 3. f5+ Rxf5 4. g4 Rf4 5. Bf5+ Rxf5 6. Ng7 Rf1 7. gxh5#   
  • Position after 6.Ng7 is super sweet :-) – ferit Jan 17 '16 at 16:55

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