<The twelfth game, played at the St. George’s on Monday, the 25th inst.
At the request of Mr Blackburne, who felt indisposed on Saturday last, the match stood adjourned to the above date.
The game under notice turned out a poor performance on the part of both players. The opening was the same as in the tenth game, with the alteration that Zukertort this time protected the Kt against the advancing K P by pinning the latter with Q to K 2, whereupon White was naturally bound to defend also by Q to K 2, both sides having thus their K B blocked up by the Q.
Black’s Kt then entered at Q 4, and, on being attacked by the Q B P, Zukertort pinned with the Q B and castled on the Q side.
At this stage on the 10th move, Blackburne had the choice of two good moves, viz., Q to Kt 2 or B to Kt 2, which would have given him a fair game, but he committed a regular blunder, which allowed the opponent to form an attack against the advanced K P; but instead of pressing it by P to Q 3, which must have ultimately gained the P, Zukertort advanced this P two squares, which gave Blackburne time to develope his Q side, and ultimately to castle on that wing, albeit his Q R P could then be taken by the Kt, with ch.
We believe that this would have been Black’s best course after all, for White had then hardly sufficient attack worth fearing against the apparently exposed K, and it would have taken him some time to recover the P, while, the way Zukertort played, he ought to have lost a clear P on the twentieth move by B to K 4.
Blackburne adopted instead the weaker advance of P to B 5, which by best play would have only left him with a slight advantage, chiefly on account of the confined position of the adverse Q B.
But there would have been still much room for a long and difficult struggle if Zukertort had not on the next moved relieved his opponent from all further trouble by a gross blunder, whereby he left a clear piece to be captured at Q Kt 4, which he could not retake, on account of a mate being threatened by Q to R 8.
Black thereupon immediately resigned.
Duration three hours.>