Birch, James




Ratings

Year       Rank    Edo    Dev.   Games 
1855  125  1968 (116) 2
1856  152  1968 (113) 0
1857  162  1968 (110) 0
1858  170  1968 (106) 0
1859  195  1968 (102) 1
1860  205  1972 (99) 0
1861  211  1975 (95) 3
1862  208  1982 (92) 6
1863  205  1985 (91) 2
1864  216  1988 (92) 0
1865  224  1991 (93) 1
1866  253  1990 (94) 0
1867  246  1989 (95) 0
1868  247  1988 (95) 0
1869  253  1987 (94) 1
1870  270  1992 (93) 3
1871  277  1982 (97) 3
1872  293  1973 (99) 3
1873  307  1964 (106) 0
1874  307  1955 (113) 0
1875  331  1946 (119) 0
1876  349  1938 (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