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Championship of Champions XIII

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This series marked the debut of the blue set; it would be redesigned in Series 77 in 2017.

Championship of Champions XIII was the thirteenth Championship of Champions tournament, and the last prior to the unofficial CoC hiatus that was in place during the early 2010s. It was won by Steve Briers.

The draw for this Championship of Champions was made on the morning of 30 October 2008 and announced by Damian Eadie on the c4countdown forum. It took place during the first three weeks of Series 60, with mainly players from Series 55 through 59 taking part, although one of the contestants, Jon Corby, was from Series 54 and did not participate in the the Championship of Champions event that followed suit due to the lineup for this contest having already been decided by that point. Craig Beevers, the Series 57 champion and favourite for the tournament, declined his invitation due to Scrabble commitments.

Rachel Riley before the start of the final.

The championship marked the début of Jeff Stelling and Rachel Riley as presenters, as well as the new "numbery" blue set which would be redesigned in Series 77. The purple and orange cloudy background in the opening title sequence and break clues were also replaced with a blue background.


CoC XIII was notable for apparently having used an unusual shuffling system for generating the piles of letters for use in its letters rounds, leading to frequent long strings of twice- and thrice-repeated letters, especially vowels. For example, in the history of the 15-round era, the vowel pile has contained three consecutive I's only five times; four of these occurrences were during CoC XIII.


David O'Donnell (58) vs James Hurrell (57) David O'Donnell vs Steve Briers Steve Briers
Nick Wainwright
Steve Briers
Charlie Reams
Steve Briers (55) vs Debbi Flack (59)
Richard Priest (58) vs Kai Laddiman (59) Kai Laddiman vs Nick Wainwright
Nick Wainwright (56) vs Steve Baines (57)
Junaid Mubeen (59) vs Tony Warren (55) Junaid Mubeen vs Charlie Reams Charlie Reams
Jon Corby
Charlie Reams (59) vs Peter Davies (58)
Richard Brittain (55) vs Jon Corby (54) Jon Corby vs Jonathan Coles
Anita Freeland (56) vs Jonathan Coles (58)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.
The numbers refer to the series in which each contestant originally played in the finals.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
4733 12/01/2009 CP David O'Donnell 101 - 82 James Hurrell Andrew Sachs Susie Dent 119
4734 13/01/2009 CP Junaid Mubeen 80 - 55 Tony Warren Andrew Sachs Susie Dent 116
4735 14/01/2009 CP Jon Corby 92 - 52 Richard Brittain Andrew Sachs Susie Dent 112
4736 15/01/2009 CP Kai Laddiman 93 - 85 Richard Priest Andrew Sachs Susie Dent 117
4737 16/01/2009 CP Nick Wainwright 105 - 85 Steve Baines Andrew Sachs Susie Dent 118
4738 19/01/2009 CP Jonathan Coles 95 - 88 Anita Freeland Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 118
4739 20/01/2009 CP Peter Davies 66 - 85 Charlie Reams Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 117
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
4742 23/01/2009 CQF Junaid Mubeen 79 - 88 Charlie Reams Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 128
4743 26/01/2009 CQF Jon Corby 96 - 62 Jonathan Coles Paul Zenon Susie Dent 117
4744 27/01/2009 CQF Kai Laddiman 91 - 94 Nick Wainwright Paul Zenon Susie Dent 128
4745 28/01/2009 CSF Steve Briers 87 - 82 Nick Wainwright Paul Zenon Susie Dent 119
4746 29/01/2009 CSF Charlie Reams 110 - 76 Jon Corby Paul Zenon Susie Dent 132
4747 30/01/2009 CGF Charlie Reams 67 - 88 Steve Briers Paul Zenon Susie Dent 114

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