Birch, James




Ratings

Year       Rank    Edo    Dev.   Games 
1855  142  1965 (115) 2
1856  163  1965 (113) 0
1857  174  1965 (110) 0
1858  186  1964 (106) 0
1859  208  1964 (102) 1
1860  224  1967 (99) 0
1861  226  1970 (95) 3
1862  229  1976 (91) 6
1863  220  1979 (91) 2
1864  237  1982 (92) 0
1865  249  1985 (93) 1
1866  276  1985 (94) 0
1867  264  1984 (95) 0
1868  269  1984 (94) 0
1869  278  1983 (93) 1
1870  293  1989 (93) 3
1871  327  1979 (96) 3
1872  334  1970 (99) 3
1873  353  1961 (106) 0
1874  377  1953 (113) 0
1875  380  1944 (119) 0
1876  384  1935 (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, no. 6, June 1853, page 180
   [CPC], vol. 3, no. 5, May 1855, page 176
   [Era], vol. 18, no. 919, 4 May 1856, page 14
   [Era], vol. 24, no. 1203, 13 Oct. 1861, page 13
   [Era], vol. 24, no. 1214, 29 Dec. 1861, page 4
   [ILN], vol. 22, no. 623, 21 May 1853, page 403
   [ILN], vol. 28, no. 797, 3 May 1856, page 483
   [ILN], vol. 30, no. 843, 7 Feb. 1857, page 124
   [ILN], vol. 42, no. 1197, 4 Apr. 1863, page 395
   [ILN], vol. 62, no. 1759, 17 May 1873, page 475
   [MWET], no. 736, 26 Apr. 1856, page 6
   [TG], vol. 33, no. 6, 6 Jan. 1877, page 7
   [WP], vol. 7, no. 2, 1 June 1874, page 19
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: 25 Dec. 2021