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Championship of Champions XIII
Championship of Champions XIII ran for three weeks from 12 to 30 January 2009, and was the last prior to the unofficial CoC hiatus that was in place during the early 2010s. The championship marked the début of Jeff Stelling and Rachel Riley as presenters, and was the last CoC to be recorded at The Leeds Studios in Yorkshire. 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 previous CoC 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.
The championship also marked the début of the now-familiar blue set, featuring the distinctive letters and numbers patterns, which would be redesigned in Series 77. The purple and orange cloudy background in the opening title sequence and break cues 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 games, 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
|Steve Briers |
|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 |
|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 numbers refer to the series in which each contestant originally played in the finals.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|4733||12/01/2009||CP||David O'Donnell||101 – 82||James Hurrell||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Andrew Sachs||Susie Dent||119|
|4734||13/01/2009||CP||Junaid Mubeen||80 – 55||Tony Warren||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Andrew Sachs||Susie Dent||116|
|4735||14/01/2009||CP||Jon Corby||92 – 52||Richard Brittain||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Andrew Sachs||Susie Dent||112|
|4736||15/01/2009||CP||Kai Laddiman||93 – 85||Richard Priest||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Andrew Sachs||Susie Dent||117|
|4737||16/01/2009||CP||Nick Wainwright||105 – 85||Steve Baines||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Andrew Sachs||Susie Dent||118|
|4738||19/01/2009||CP||Jonathan Coles||95 – 88||Anita Freeland||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Alastair Stewart||Susie Dent||118|
|4739||20/01/2009||CP||Peter Davies||66 – 85||Charlie Reams||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Alastair Stewart||Susie Dent||117|
|4740||21/01/2009||CP||Steve Briers||121 – 74||Debbi Flack||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Alastair Stewart||Susie Dent||126|
|4741||22/01/2009||CQF||Steve Briers||118 – 110||David O'Donnell||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Alastair Stewart||Susie Dent||130|
|4742||23/01/2009||CQF||Junaid Mubeen||79 – 88||Charlie Reams||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Alastair Stewart||Susie Dent||128|
|4743||26/01/2009||CQF||Jon Corby||96 – 62||Jonathan Coles||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Paul Zenon||Susie Dent||117|
|4744||27/01/2009||CQF||Kai Laddiman||91 – 94||Nick Wainwright||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Paul Zenon||Susie Dent||128|
|4745||28/01/2009||CSF||Steve Briers||87 – 82||Nick Wainwright||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Paul Zenon||Susie Dent||119|
|4746||29/01/2009||CSF||Charlie Reams||110 – 76||Jon Corby||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Paul Zenon||Susie Dent||132|
|4747||30/01/2009||CGF||Charlie Reams||67 – 88||Steve Briers||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Paul Zenon||Susie Dent||114|
- Championship of Champions XIII on The Countdown Database.
- Championship of Champions XIII on The Countdown Page.