Birch, James




Ratings

Year       Rank    Edo    Dev.   Games 
1855  122  1960 (117) 2
1856  145  1960 (115) 0
1857  154  1960 (112) 0
1858  159  1960 (109) 0
1859  180  1960 (105) 1
1860  197  1962 (102) 0
1861  197  1965 (98) 3
1862  195  1971 (95) 6
1863  186  1973 (95) 2
1864  190  1975 (98) 0
1865  200  1976 (100) 1
1866  228  1973 (103) 0
1867  228  1970 (106) 0
1868  221  1967 (108) 0
1869  222  1964 (109) 1
1870  250  1965 (112) 3
1871  261  1956 (118) 3
1872  272  1949 (124) 0
1873  300  1941 (130) 0
1874  306  1933 (134) 0
1875  326  1925 (139) 0
1876  346  1917 (143) 3

Rating table notes

Biographical data
Name: Birch, James A.  
Born:
Died:
 
Notes:
Staunton gives his name as 'I.A. Birch' in the Illustrated London News of 4 Apr. 1863 (p.395), but it is given elsewhere as 'J. Birch' or 'James Birch'. I believe these are the same person, as 'I' was often used interchangably for 'J' as an initial in the 19th century. In the Jun. 1853 issue of the Chess Player's Chronicle, he has 'James Bird' in error. There was also a 'Lee Birch' in Manchester, who was active at least until 1853.
 
References
Books
   Whyld, English Tournaments, page 11
Periodicals
   [CP], vol. 3, June 1853, page 322
   [CPC], vol. 1, June 1853, page 180
   [CPC], vol. 3, May 1855, page 176
   [Era], vol. 18, 4 May 1856, page 14
   [Era], vol. 24, 13 Oct. 1861, page 13
   [Era], vol. 24, 29 Dec. 1861, page 4
   [ILN], vol. 22, 21 May 1853, page 403
   [ILN], vol. 28, 3 May 1856, page 483
   [ILN], vol. 30, 7 Feb. 1857, page 124
   [ILN], vol. 42, 4 Apr. 1863, page 395
   [ILN], vol. 62, 17 May 1873, page 475
   [MWET], 26 Apr. 1856, page 6
   [TG], vol. 33, 6 Jan. 1877, page 7
Web
   Spinrad, Jeremy P.  [Collected results, 1836-1863]

Tournament data

Liverpool 1855     Manchester - Liverpool Club Match    
  Birch, J.A. - Sparke, M.     1.5 - 0.5    
Manchester and Liverpool 1859     Manchester - Liverpool Telegraph Match    
  Birch, J.A. - de Szabo, E.     0 - 1    
Manchester 1861 (1)     Manchester Chess Club Tournament - 1st Class    
  Birch, J.A. - Pindar, E.D.     0 - 3    
Manchester 1862 (1)     Manchester Club Tournament    
  Birch, J.A. - Perkins, G.     3 - 1    
Manchester 1862 (2)     Manchester - Liverpool Club Match    
  Birch, J.A. - Soul, J.     0.5 - 1.5    
Liverpool 1863     Manchester - Liverpool Club Match    
  Birch, J.A. - Schull, L.     0.5 - 1.5    
Manchester 1865     Manchester - Liverpool Club Match    
  Birch, J.A. - Soul, C.     0.5 - 0.5    
Manchester 1869     Manchester - Liverpool Club Match    
  Birch, J.A. - Soul, C.     0 - 1    
Glasgow 1870     Glasgow Club - Athenaeum Club Match    
  Birch, J.A. - Ross, A.     2.5 - 0.5    
Edinburgh 1871     East and West of Scotland Match    
  Birch, J.A. - Bostock     2 - 1    
Edinburgh 1876     East and West of Scotland Match    
  Birch, J.A. - Boase     1.5 - 1.5    


Player information updated: 28 May 2016