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Co-event

From Countdown

A Co-event is an unofficial tournament held at an organised location in the UK or Ireland that meets up for social and competitive Countdown. Inspired by Scrabble tournaments, players meet up with their Countdown board games (or in some cases, suitable computer software) and play a set number of games of Countdown, usually 5 or 6, and the player with the most wins claims 1st place. In the event of a tie, the number of points scored is used to separate the players. In most events, the top 2 players play a final to determine the winner.

There are two distinct types of tournament: head-to-head "Edinburgh-style" tournaments, and "Bristol-style" tournaments where everyone in the room plays from the same set of letters and numbers. The Countdown in Lincoln tournaments use head-to-head games, i.e. each 'table' of three players selects its own separate letters and numbers (one person acting as host, 'Dictionary Corner' and 'Rachel' whilst the other two play each other), while the Countdown in Bristol tournament uses the second system whereby players play in pairs, but all players have the same letters, numbers and conundrum (usually displayed on a board at the front of the room).

This second system eliminates the luck factor as no player or players have "better" selections than anyone else over the course of the day. However, some dislike it because, since they cannot select the letters or numbers themselves, it denies them the chance to use tactical selections to win individual games, for example picking an unusual numbers selection against an opponent known to be weak at the numbers game.

Some otherwise most Bristol-style tournaments have a system for numbers games that compromises between the two formats: A contestant from each pair makes a choice of numbers, just as on the show or in the Edinburgh format and, once everybody has chosen, a selection is revealed for each possible number of large and small numbers in one way or another, the 1st to introduce this was .co.mk in 2015.

Since 2016, the majority of tournaments have been run as part of organisational body FOCAL.

Prior to 2011, online tournaments were also listed here. However, the advent of Apterous's "tourney" system has allowed multiple tournaments to be played at once, rendering the number of tournaments sheer. Over 3,000 online tournaments have been played since 2011.

Co-event winners

Wins Player Events won
22 Jack Worsley Co:Leam (2013)
Countdown Aces Trophy (2013)
CO:REA (2014, 2015)
CoStAl (2014)
COHUD (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
CoNot (2015, 2016)
COLIN (2016, 2018, 2019)
COLIN Hangover (2016, 2018, 2020)
FOCAL (2016)
CoBrum (2017)
Co-Blackpool (2018)
Co:WY (2019)
Countdown in Manchester (2022)
15 Rob Foster CoNot (2011)
Co:KL (2015, 2017)
CO:REA (2017, 2019)
Co:Bo (2017)
.co.mk (2017, 2019)
FOCAL (2017)
CoBrum (2018)
CoCam (2019)
Co:Braintree (2019, 2021, 2022)
Co:Lon (2022)
10 Conor Travers CoBris (2005)
COLIN (2008, 2022, 2023)
CoBliviLon (2013)
COLIN Hangover (2015, 2022)
Co:Lon (2019)
CoDub (2019)
COEDI (2022)
9 Innis Carson Co:Lon (2010)
CobliviLon (2012)
COEDI (2012, 2013, 2014)
COLIN (2015)
Co:Glasgow (2015, 2016)
Co:Leeds (2016)
8 Dylan Taylor CoChest (2012)
COLIN Hangover (2014, 2019)
.co.mk (2015)
COLIN (2017)
Co:Leeds (2017)
CoBris (2018)
COHUD (2018)
James Robinson CoChest (2011)
CO:REA (2012)
CoLei (2012)
CoDub (2015)
.co.mk (2016)
Co:GlasgowOnThen (2016)
COEDI (2019)
Galway (2022)
7 Callum Todd CoCam (2018)
.co.mk (2018)
Co:York (2019)
Co-Liverpool (2019)
Co-Blackpool (2019)
FOCAL (2019)
Newcastle (2022)
5 Kirk Bevins COLIN (2010, 2011)
CoLei (2010)
COHUD (2012, 2013)
Chris Wills COLIN (2005, 2006, 2007)
CoBris (2006, 2007)
4 Ed McCullagh CoDub (2016, 2017, 2018)
CoNuT (2018)
Ed Byrne COLIN Hangover (2017)
CoWat (2019, 2020, 2021)
Jack Hurst CoLei (2011)
COLIN (2014)
CoBris (2016)
Co:Brighton (2022)
3 Stephen Read Co:KL (2016)
CoBrum (2016)
CoManche (2017)
Zarte Siempre CoMultiLon (2014)
CoStAl (2016)
CoBris (2017)
2 Tom Carey Co:Wat (2017)
Co:Man (2020)
Jon Corby COLIN (2009, 2012)
Mark Deeks COLIN (2013)
Co:Rea (2013)
Oliver Garner Co:Lon (2017, 2018)
Jonathan Wynn FOCAL (2018)
COLIN (2020)
Hazel Drury Co:Wat (2018, 2022)
Bradley Horrocks Co:Blackpool (2021),Co:Brum (2022)
1 David Barnard Co:Bris (2015)
Matt Bayfield Co:Lon (2011)
Matthew Brockwell Co:StAl (2015)
Tom Cappleman Co:Rea (2016)
Tom Chafer-Cook Co:Bo (2018)
Graeme Cole CO:Rea (2018)
Tim Down COLIN Hangover (2023)
James Haughton Co:NuT (2019)
Dan McColm Co:Leeds (2018)
Jon O'Neill Co:Lei (2009)
Richard Priest CoLei (2010)
Dinos Sfyris CoNot (2009)
Jen Steadman CoWolves (2019)
Mark Tournoff CoLei (2008)
Dan Vanniasingham CoNot (2008)
Ben Wilson CORED (2007)

List of co-events

The Edinburgh Countdown Club was the first to organise tournaments.

Number Tournament Winner Runner-up
1 COLIN 2005 Chris Wills Mark Tournoff
2 Co:Bris 2005 Conor Travers Kirk Bevins
3 COLIN 2006 Chris Wills Stewart Holden
4 Co:Bris 2006 Chris Wills Mark Tournoff
5 COLIN 2007 Chris Wills Paul Howe
6 Co:Red 2007 Ben Wilson Mike Brown
7 Co:Bris 2007 Chris Wills Conor Travers
8 COLIN 2008 Conor Travers Jon O'Neill
9 Co:Not 2008 Dan Vanniasingham Julian Fell
10 Co:Lei 2008 Mark Tournoff Ben Wilson
11 COLIN 2009 Jon Corby Jon O'Neill
12 Co:Not 2009 Dinos Sfyris Paul Howe
13 Co:Lei 2 (2009) Jon O'Neill Kirk Bevins
14 COLIN 2010 Kirk Bevins Paul Howe
15 Co:Lon 2010 Innis Carson Oliver Garner
16 Co:Lei Summer Special (2010) Richard Priest Kirk Bevins
17 Co:Lei 3 (2010) Kirk Bevins Matt Bayfield
18 COLIN 2011 Kirk Bevins James Robinson
19 Co:Lei 4 (2011) Jack Hurst James Robinson
20 Co:Not 2011 Rob Foster Richard Priest
21 Co:Lon 2011 Matt Bayfield Thomas Cappleman
22 Co:Chest (2011) James Robinson Richard Priest
23 COLIN 2012 Jon Corby Konstadinos Sfyris
24 Co:Rea 2012 James Robinson Dan McColm
25 Co:Lei 5 (2012) James Robinson Richard Priest
26 Co:Hud (2012) Kirk Bevins Dan McColm
27 CobliviLon (2012) Innis Carson Edward McCullagh
28 Co:Chest 2 (2012) Dylan Taylor Jack Worsley
29 Co:Edi (2012) Innis Carson James Robinson
30 COLIN 2013 Mark Deeks Kirk Bevins
31 Co:Rea 2013 Mark Deeks Giles Hutchings
32 Co:Hud 2 (2013) Kirk Bevins Glen Webb
33 CobliviLon II (2013) Conor Travers Jack Worsley
34 Co:Leam (2013) Jack Worsley Jack Hurst
35 Co:Edi 2 (2013) Innis Carson Edward McCullagh
36 Countdown Aces Trophy (2013) Jack Worsley Kirk Bevins
37 COLIN X (2014) Jack Hurst Zarte Siempre
38 COLIN X: The Hangover (2014) Dylan Taylor Jack Worsley
39 Co:Rea 2014 Jack Worsley Giles Hutchings
40 Co:StAl (2014) Jack Worsley Callum Todd
41 CoMultiLon (2014) Zarte Siempre James Robinson
42 Co:Edi 3 (2014) Innis Carson Jack Worsley
43 Co:Hud 2014 Jack Worsley Callum Todd
44 COLIN XI (2015) Innis Carson Mark Deeks
45 COLIN XI: The Hangover Conor Travers Jack Worsley
46 Co:Bris 2015 David Barnard James Robinson
47 Co:Rea 2015 Jack Worsley Conor Travers
48 Co:Glasgow 2015 Innis Carson Callum Todd
49 Co:KL (2015) Rob Foster Graeme Cole
50 Co:StAl 2 (2015) Matthew Brockwell Thomas Cappleman
51 CoNot IV (2015) Jack Worsley Dylan Taylor
52 .co.mk (2015) Dylan Taylor James Robinson
53 Co:Hud 2015 Jack Worsley Thomas Carey
54 Co:Dublin 2015 James Robinson Kevin McMahon
55 COLIN XII (2016) Jack Worsley Dylan Taylor
56 COLIN XII: The Hangover (2016) Jack Worsley Zarte Siempre
57 Co:Bris 2016 Jack Hurst Jack Worsley
58 Co:Rea 2016 Tom Cappleman Paul Erdunast
59 Co:Leeds Innis Carson Thomas Carey
60 Co:KL 2 (2016) Stephen Read Callum Todd
61 Co:StAl 3 (2016) Zarte Siempre Rob Foster
62 Co:Not V (2016) Jack Worsley Zarte Siempre
63 .co.mk 2 (2016) James Robinson Dylan Taylor
64 Co:Dublin 2016 Ed McCullagh Dan McColm
65 Co:Hud 2016 Jack Worsley Stephen Read
66 Co:Glasgow 2016 Innis Carson James Robinson
67 Co:GlasgowOnThen James Robinson Zarte Siempre
68 Co:Brum 2016 Open Stephen Read Tom Cappleman
2016 FOCAL season
2016 FOCAL finals
Jack Worsley Giles Hutchings
69 COLIN XIII Dylan Taylor Conor Travers
70 COLIN XIII: The Hangover Edward Byrne James Robinson
71 Co:Bris 2017 Zarte Siempre Tom Cappleman
72 Co:Man (2017) Stephen Read Rob Foster
73 Co:Leeds 2017 Dylan Taylor Jack Worsley
74 Co:Rea Rob Foster Graeme Cole
75 Co:Lon 2017 Oliver Garner Rob Foster
76 CO:KL 2017 Rob Foster Stephen Read
77 Co:Wat 2017 Thomas Carey Hazel Drury
78 Co:Bo 2017 Rob Foster Zarte Siempre
79 .co.mk3 (2017) Rob Foster Tim Down
80 Co:Hud 2017 Jack Worsley Stephen Read
81 Co:Dublin 3 (2017) Ed McCullagh Hazel Drury
82 Co:Brum 2 Open Jack Worsley Callum Todd
2017 FOCAL season
2017 FOCAL finals
Rob Foster Jen Steadman
83 COLIN XIV Jack Worsley Callum Todd
84 COLIN XIV: The Hangover Jack Worsley Zarte Siempre
85 Co:Bris 2018 Dylan Taylor Graeme Cole
86 Co:NuT (2018) Ed McCullagh Zubair Patel
87 Co:Rea 2018 Graeme Cole Thomas Cappleman
88 Co:LeedsLeedsLeeds (2018) Dan McColm Zarte Siempre
89 Co:Lon 2 (2018) Oliver Garner Mark Murray
90 CO:Wat?! (2018) Hazel Drury Mark Murray
91 Co:Cam (2018) Callum Todd James Robinson
92 .co.mk4 (2018) Callum Todd Tim Down
93 Co:Bo 2018 Tom Chafer-Cook Tim Down
94 Co:Hud 2018 Dylan Taylor Thomas Carey
95 Co:Dublin 4 (2018) Ed McCullagh Mark Murray
96 Co:Blackpool 2018 Jack Worsley Bradley Horrocks
97 Co:Brum Open 2018 Rob Foster Jen Steadman
2018 FOCAL season
2018 FOCAL finals
Jonathan Wynn Thomas Cappleman
98 COLIN XV Jack Worsley Bradley Horrocks
99 COLIN XV: The Hangover Dylan Taylor Jen Steadman
100 Co:Edi 2019 James Robinson Callum Todd
101 CoNuT 2019 James Haughton Luke Johnson-Davies
102 Co:York 2019 Callum Todd Edward Byrne
103 Co:REA 2019 Rob Foster Thomas Cappleman
104 Co:Lon 2019 Conor Travers Graeme Cole
105 Co:Cam 2019 Rob Foster Bradley Horrocks
106 Co:WY 2019 Jack Worsley Tim Down
107 Co:Wat III (2019) Edward Byrne Hazel Drury
108 .co.mk5 (2019) Rob Foster Tom Chafer-Cook
109 Co:MSO (2019) Ronan Higginson Jonathan De Souza
110 Co:Dublin 5 (2019) Conor Travers Callum Todd
111 Co:Liverpool 2019 Callum Todd James Robinson
112 Co:Blackpool 2019 Callum Todd Tom Chafer-Cook
113 Co:Braintree 2019 Rob Foster Callum Todd
114 Wolverhampton Open 2019 Jen Steadman Rob Foster
2019 FOCAL season
2019 FOCAL finals
Callum Todd Bradley Horrocks
115 COLIN XVI Jonathan Wynn Jack Worsley
116 COLIN XVI: The Hangover Jack Worsley James Haughton
117 Co:Man 2020 Tom Carey Jack Worsley
Co:NuT 2020
Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Co:YorkYork
Co:Lon 2020
Co:Pet (2020)
Co:Edi 5 (2020)
118 Co:Wat?! 2020 Eddy Byrne Brendan Duke
Co:WY 2020
Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Co Blackpool 2020
Goat:Leeds 2020
2020 FOCAL finals
Co:Pet 2021
119 Co:Wat?! 2021 Edward Byrne Brendan Duke
120 Co:Blackpool 2021 Bradley Horrocks James Haughton
121 Co:Braintree 2021 Rob Foster Edward Byrne
2021 FOCAL finals
Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
122 COLIN XVII Conor Travers Bradley Horrocks
123 COLIN XVII: The Hangover Conor Travers Bradley Horrocks
124 Co:Man 2022 Jack Worsley Jack Hurst
125 Co:Lon 2022 Rob Foster Conor Travers
126 Co:NE 2022 Callum Todd Bradley Horrocks
127 Co:Galway 2022 James Robinson Callum Todd
128 Co:Wat?! 2022 Hazel Drury Gerry Tynan
129 Co:Brighton 2022 Jack Hurst Jonathan De Souza
130 Co:Brum 2022 Bradley Horrocks Andy Platt
131 Co:Blackpool 2022 Tom Carey Callum Todd
132 Co:Edi 2022 Conor Travers Alan Young
133 Co:Braintree 2022 Rob Foster James Robinson
134 Co:MK Open 2022 Rob Foster Graeme Cole
2020–22 FOCAL season
2022 FOCAL finals
Jack Hurst Thomas Cappleman
135 COLIN XVIII Conor Travers Callum Todd
136 COLIN XVIII: The Hangover Tim Down Jack Hurst
137 Co:Man 2023 TBC TBC
138 Co:Rugby TBC TBC
139 Goat:Leeds TBC TBC
140 Co:Brighton 2023 TBC TBC
141 Co:Dublin 2023 TBC TBC