Birch, James




Ratings

Year       Rank    Edo    Dev.   Games 
1855  125  1970 (116) 2
1856  152  1971 (113) 0
1857  162  1971 (110) 0
1858  170  1971 (106) 0
1859  193  1971 (102) 1
1860  208  1974 (99) 0
1861  212  1978 (95) 3
1862  210  1984 (92) 6
1863  207  1988 (91) 2
1864  221  1990 (92) 0
1865  232  1993 (93) 1
1866  255  1992 (94) 0
1867  246  1991 (95) 0
1868  247  1990 (95) 0
1869  251  1989 (94) 1
1870  269  1994 (93) 3
1871  277  1984 (97) 3
1872  293  1975 (99) 3
1873  308  1966 (106) 0
1874  309  1957 (113) 0
1875  330  1948 (119) 0
1876  350  1940 (125) 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 and Glasgow 1872     East and West of Scotland Match    
  Birch, J.A. - McArthur, G.     1 - 2    
Edinburgh 1876     East and West of Scotland Match    
  Birch, J.A. - Boase     1.5 - 1.5    


Player information updated: 30 Sept. 2018