zanzibar: The final deciding game of the match. Blackburne only needed a draw to win the match...
<The final game was played on Monday,
11th August, and, although ending in a draw, it was just as brisk
and vigorous as the thirteenth had been dull and common-place.
Lee, at first, was in fine play, and in a Zukertort opening got a
commanding position with advanced Pawns on the Queen's side.
It was, indeed, just such a position that a great player, full of
genius, and with the score standing as it did, a draw meaning
defeat, would have roused himself to deeds of daring. Lee,
however, failed at this supreme moment ; a Knight could have
gone to Q B 7 with little hope of retreat, but every chance of
producing intricate combinations and self immolation on the
Cavalier's part, but leading to glorious victory. Here was the
opportunity for genius ; here Lee failed. Instead of the forward move the Knight retreated sheepishly, only to be exchanged in a
few moves, and Blackburne began to breathe a little more freely.
From this point Lee's play was tame, whilst Blackburne, whose
game was still somewhat cramped, was evidently on the alert. He
got his opportunity. Lee advanced his King's Pawn, and Black
burne, by a clever manoeuvre, won a Pawn, and a draw soon
ensued. Blackburne, therefore, won the match, the final score
being Blackburne 6, Lee 3, and 5 drawn games not counted in
<BCM v10 (Sept 1890) p362-363/392-393>