Brice, Alexander




Ratings

Year       Rank    Edo    Dev.   Games 
1883  765  1789 (114) 1
1884  850  1794 (110) 0
1885  793  1799 (105) 1
1886  780  1805 (102) 2
1887  726  1813 (103) 2
1888  719  1825 (103) 0
1889  691  1837 (104) 0
1890  721  1850 (103) 0
1891  712  1862 (102) 0
1892  733  1874 (101) 0
1893  735  1886 (98) 0
1894  748  1898 (95) 0
1895  738  1911 (91) 0
1896  702  1923 (86) 0
1897  686  1935 (79) 12
1898  730  1910 (81) 0
1899  778  1886 (81) 13

Rating table notes

Biographical data
Name: Brice, Alexander E.  
Born:
Died: 13 Jan. 1903
 
Notes:
The A.E. Brice who played in Leicester in the mid-1880s is the A.E. Brice who played in South Africa in the 1890s. The connection between his origin in England and his presence in South Africa is documented in the obituary of his brother, Seward Brice, in the Shepton Mallet Journal of 1 Jan. 1915 (p.5), which also mentions that he was Inspector of Schools in South Africa. That he moved from England to South Africa around 1889 is indicated by the recognition of his B.A. degree from London by the University of the Cape of Good Hope in 1889. His appearance on the South African chess scene in 1890 is indicated in the Chess Annual of 1916, published by the British Chess Magazine (where he appears as A.E. Price on p.106, but as A.E. Brice on p.107). His full first name, Alexander, is given in a biobliographic entry of a Diary written by his sister, Florence (see the web page from Rhodes University), connecting him to the Siege of Kimberley in 1899, and in a historical page on the Leicester Football Club, which identifies him as 'a schoolmaster', and says he was born in Somerset. His death on 13 Jan. 1903 in Cape Town is given in Obituaries in 'The Star' 1902-1903. Thanks to Walter Chan for this information.
 
References
Books
   Brown, Chess Annual 1916, page 106, 107
   Nottingham Chess Club, Nottingham Club Records
   Woodhouse, Obituaries in 'The Star', page 6
Periodicals
   [BCM], vol. 17, no. 6, June 1897, page 213
   [NG], no. 2113, 20 Nov. 1885, page 2
   [SMJ], 1 Jan. 1915, page 5
Web
   [The 1880 Captains Collection Shirt]
   [DiariesCat]
   [University of the Cape of Good Hope Report], page 3

Tournament data

Derby 1883 (3)     Leicestershire - Derbyshire County Match    
  Brice, A.E. - Fox, J. (1)     0.5 - 0.5    
Leicester 1885     Nottingham - Leicester Club Match    
  Brice, A.E. - Sipman, C.     0.5 - 0.5    
Leicester 1886     Leicestershire - Derbyshire County Match    
  Brice, A.E. - Knowles, F.     1 - 1    
Northampton 1887     Northamptonshire - Leicestershire County Match    
  Brice, A.E. - Morling, J.W.     0.5 - 1.5    
Cape Town 1897     South Africa Championship     6  /  12
Durban 1899     South Africa Championship     3.5  /  13


Player information updated: 8 Aug. 2021