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?
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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#