<The 12th game was commenced about 3.30 p.m.
Mr. Wallace again chose the Ponziani opening, and Mr. Esling varied his defence by playing 10 Q to K B 4 instead of 10 Q to K R 4, as in the 10th game.
The game became very lively, white appearing to get a favorable development and a good attack, temporarily sacrificing a knight on his 18th move, which taxed black's resources to provide a satisfactory defence.
At the afternoon adjournment (5 p.m.) the latter had commenced to counter by a threatening advance of his pawns on the king's wing, but Mr. Wallace's adjourned move, 24 Kt to Q Kt 5, was a very strong advance, and a series of forcing moves followed, by which Mr. Wallace wrested two pawns from his adversary.
Various manoeuvres then ensued with queens and rooks, each player having to play warily to avoid a mate on his first rank.
On his 36th move Mr. Esling essayed to draw by ingeniously sacrificing both his rooks, but the combination was unsound and he resigned after his opponents 41st move.
It was announced that the play would be resumed next Saturday evening at 8 o'clock, instead of 2 o'clock in the afternoon, the change having been made by mutual consent of the players.
Score: Mr. Wallace, 6 games; Mr. Esling, 3 games; drawn games, 3 (not counting).>