Brice, Alexander




Ratings

Year       Rank    Edo    Dev.   Games 
1883  753  1794 (114) 1
1884  830  1800 (110) 0
1885  777  1805 (105) 1
1886  769  1811 (102) 2
1887  716  1819 (103) 2
1888  707  1832 (104) 0
1889  683  1844 (104) 0
1890  708  1856 (103) 0
1891  704  1869 (102) 0
1892  729  1881 (101) 0
1893  731  1894 (98) 0
1894  743  1906 (95) 0
1895  737  1918 (91) 0
1896  698  1931 (86) 0
1897  677  1943 (79) 12
1898  723  1919 (81) 0
1899  773  1894 (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