Birch, James




Ratings

Year       Rank    Edo    Dev.   Games 
1855  163  1938 (120) 2
1856  181  1937 (118) 0
1857  189  1935 (115) 0
1858  206  1933 (113) 0
1859  230  1932 (109) 1
1860  243  1933 (107) 0
1861  254  1934 (104) 3
1862  255  1937 (102) 6
1863  250  1936 (103) 2
1864  268  1932 (107) 0
1865  290  1929 (110) 1
1866  330  1919 (115) 0
1867  324  1910 (119) 0
1868  347  1900 (123) 0
1869  360  1891 (126) 1

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. The middle initial 'A' also appears in the subscription list of the book of the Chess Association of Manchester meeting in 1857, and in Renette's biography of Paulsen, citing the Manchester Weekly Express and Guardian of 21 Dec. 1861. The Jun. 1853 issue of the Chess Player's Chronicle has 'James Bird' in error. There was also a 'Lee Birch' or 'Lea Birch' in Manchester, who was active at least from 1837 to 1853, and another 'James Birch' who played in Glasgow in the 1870s and was born in Manchester in 1841, but too young to have been the Manchester player of 1853.
 
References
Books
   Chess Association, Manchester 1857 Report, page 40
   Renette, Louis Paulsen, page 119
   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. 38, no. 1068, 5 Jan. 1861, page 23
   [ILN], vol. 42, no. 1197, 4 Apr. 1863, page 395
   [MWET], no. 736, 26 Apr. 1856, page 6
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    


Player information updated: 22 Jul. 2022