Birch, James




Ratings

Year       Rank    Edo    Dev.   Games 
1855  125  1966 (116) 2
1856  153  1966 (113) 0
1857  164  1966 (110) 0
1858  173  1966 (107) 0
1859  198  1966 (102) 1
1860  212  1969 (99) 0
1861  218  1972 (95) 3
1862  217  1979 (92) 6
1863  211  1982 (91) 2
1864  225  1985 (92) 0
1865  239  1988 (93) 1
1866  263  1988 (94) 0
1867  251  1987 (95) 0
1868  253  1986 (95) 0
1869  263  1986 (93) 1
1870  279  1991 (93) 3
1871  294  1981 (96) 3
1872  311  1972 (99) 3
1873  326  1964 (106) 0
1874  326  1955 (113) 0
1875  347  1946 (119) 0
1876  369  1937 (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