Birch, James




Ratings

Year       Rank    Edo    Dev.   Games 
1855  122  1958 (117) 2
1856  147  1958 (115) 0
1857  154  1958 (112) 0
1858  160  1958 (109) 0
1859  180  1958 (105) 1
1860  196  1961 (102) 0
1861  198  1964 (98) 3
1862  196  1970 (96) 6
1863  186  1972 (96) 2
1864  191  1974 (98) 0
1865  202  1976 (100) 1
1866  232  1973 (103) 0
1867  232  1970 (106) 0
1868  233  1967 (108) 0
1869  232  1964 (109) 1
1870  258  1965 (112) 3
1871  267  1956 (118) 3
1872  278  1948 (124) 0
1873  307  1940 (130) 0
1874  311  1932 (135) 0
1875  330  1925 (139) 0
1876  352  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
   Chess Association, Manchester 1857 Report, page 40
   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: 16 Jul. 2017