Birch, James




Ratings

Year       Rank    Edo    Dev.   Games 
1855  143  1963 (116) 2
1856  163  1962 (113) 0
1857  174  1962 (110) 0
1858  187  1962 (107) 0
1859  210  1961 (102) 1
1860  227  1964 (99) 0
1861  229  1967 (95) 3
1862  232  1973 (92) 6
1863  223  1975 (91) 2
1864  241  1978 (92) 0
1865  258  1980 (93) 1
1866  285  1979 (94) 0
1867  271  1978 (95) 0
1868  288  1976 (95) 0
1869  293  1975 (93) 1
1870  310  1980 (93) 3
1871  338  1970 (96) 3
1872  344  1961 (99) 3
1873  374  1952 (106) 0
1874  392  1944 (113) 0
1875  392  1935 (119) 0
1876  401  1927 (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. (1)     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