Steven Briers, known as Steve during CoC XIII, first appeared in series 55 on 3 November 2006, beating Richard Woodward 76 – 62. In his second game, he beat his opponent, Dean Rowley, 136 – 41, setting the fifth highest ever score and the second highest ever winning margin in Countdown history. He won six more games to become an octochamp and #1 seed of series 55, amassing a total of 843 points. However, he was defeated in the quarter-finals by Phil Watson. He is most renowned for his bizarre style of solving numbers rounds.
Briers returned for the Championship of Champions XIII, beating Debbi Flack partly thanks to the nine-letter word ANTIPODES in the first letters game. In the quarter-finals, he faced David O'Donnell, who was unbeaten with 12 wins from 12 games. The scores were close all the way, until Briers spotted the nine-letter word PESTICIDE when O'Donnell only had a seven. The players continued to score in every round, until the conundrum, where Briers led by 18 points. O'Donnell solved the conundrum in 0.5 seconds, but it wasn't enough as he lost 118 – 110, one of the highest ever losing scores.
In the semi-final, he faced Nick Wainwright in another close game, including a brilliant six-small numbers solution from Wainwright. However it wasn't enough as Briers was 5 points into the lead going into the conundrum VARIFOCAL, which neither player solved, so it was Briers that went through into the final.
In the final, he faced Charlie Reams. Reams started with LEPTON while Briers has OPULENT for seven. Briers maintained this lead until he had REENACT disallowed. Briers then took the lead, first with SNOOZED, then another seven points when Reams went wrong on the numbers. A seven, a six and a five for both players meant that Reams had to beat Briers on the final numbers game to force a crucial conundrum. However Reams declared nothing, and Briers declared 5 away. Briers had won the tournament, and just the conundrum remained. The conundrum was ELITEBOUT. Briers first buzzed in with LIBOUETTE which was wrong, and then comically Reams buzzed in with GANDISEEG, referring to Richard Brittain's guess at the conundrum in the first round.
Briers is from Southampton.
|Champion of Champions
Championship of Champions XIII
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|4227||3/11/2006||P||Richard Woodward||62 – 76||Steven Briers||Jo Brand||Susie Dent||127|
|4228||6/11/2006||P||Steven Briers||136 – 41||Dean Rowley||Tony Christie||Susie Dent||142|
|4229||7/11/2006||P||Steven Briers||106 – 56||Vicky Hubble||Tony Christie||Susie Dent||124|
|4230||8/11/2006||P||Steven Briers||116 – 68||Carl Gregory||Tony Christie||Susie Dent||134|
|4231||9/11/2006||P||Steven Briers||108 – 59||Glenda Fullard||Tony Christie||Susie Dent||119|
|4232||10/11/2006||P||Steven Briers||110 – 93||Dan Ward||Tony Christie||Susie Dent||141|
|4233||13/11/2006||P||Steven Briers||92 – 53||Jennifer Brown||Keith Barron||Susie Dent||129|
|4234||14/11/2006||P||Steven Briers||99 – 55||Sue Pascoe||Keith Barron||Susie Dent||127|
|4256||14/12/2006||QF||Steven Briers||72 – 82||Phil Watson||Ken Bruce||Susie Dent||138|
|4740||21/01/2009||CP||Steve Briers||121 – 74||Debbi Flack||Alastair Stewart||Susie Dent||126|
|4741||22/01/2009||CQF||Steve Briers||118 – 110||David O'Donnell||Alastair Stewart||Susie Dent||130|
|4745||28/01/2009||CSF||Steve Briers||87 – 82||Nick Wainwright||Paul Zenon||Susie Dent||119|
|4747||30/01/2009||CGF||Charlie Reams||67 – 88||Steve Briers||Paul Zenon||Susie Dent||114|
|5622||16/01/2013||30BP||Andrew Hulme||113 – 74||Steven Briers||Martin Lewis||Susie Dent||127|
- His own record of his experience on the show on The Countdown Page
- The Steven Briers Appreciation Society
|Championship of Champions Winners|
I : Mark Nyman | II : Clive Freedman | III : Harvey Freeman | IV : Nic Brown | V : Tim Morrissey | VI : Wayne Summers | VII : Don Reid | VIII : Chris Rogers | IX : Natascha Kearsey | X : Scott Mearns | XI : Graham Nash | XII : Paul Gallen | XIII : Steve Briers | XIV : Dylan Taylor