Steven Briers was an octochamp in Series 55 and the winner of Championship of Champions XIII, as well as a participant in the 30th Birthday Championship. He is from Southampton and is most renowned for his bizarre style of solving numbers rounds.
Known as Steve during CoC XIII, he first appeared on 3 November 2006, beating Richard Woodward 76 – 62. He vastly improved and hammered Dean Rowley 136 – 41 in his second game, setting the then fifth-highest ever score and the then second-highest ever winning margin in Countdown history. He won six more games to become an octochamp and the No. 1 seed, amassing a total of 843 points. However, he was defeated in the quarter-final by Phil Watson; the only time to date in which a No. 1 seed lost a quarter-final match under the 15-round format.
Despite not making past the quarter-final, Briers was selected to return 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 to Briers, 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, Briers was 5 points into the lead going into the conundrum VARIFOCAL, which neither player solved, so it was Briers that went through to 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.
|Champion of Champions
Championship of Champions XIII
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|4227||3/11/2006||P||Richard Woodward||62 - 76||Steven Briers||Des Lynam||Carol Vorderman||Jo Brand||Susie Dent||127|
|4228||6/11/2006||P||Steven Briers||136 - 41||Dean Rowley||Des Lynam||Carol Vorderman||Tony Christie||Susie Dent||142|
|4229||7/11/2006||P||Steven Briers||106 - 56||Vicky Hubble||Des Lynam||Carol Vorderman||Tony Christie||Susie Dent||124|
|4230||8/11/2006||P||Steven Briers||116 - 68||Carl Gregory||Des Lynam||Carol Vorderman||Tony Christie||Susie Dent||134|
|4231||9/11/2006||P||Steven Briers||108 - 59||Glenda Fullard||Des Lynam||Carol Vorderman||Tony Christie||Susie Dent||119|
|4232||10/11/2006||P||Steven Briers||110 - 93||Dan Ward||Des Lynam||Carol Vorderman||Tony Christie||Susie Dent||141|
|4233||13/11/2006||P||Steven Briers||92 - 53||Jennifer Brown||Des Lynam||Carol Vorderman||Keith Barron||Susie Dent||129|
|4234||14/11/2006||P||Steven Briers||99 - 55||Sue Pascoe||Des Lynam||Carol Vorderman||Keith Barron||Susie Dent||127|
|4256||14/12/2006||QF||Steven Briers||72 - 82||Phil Watson||Des Lynam||Carol Vorderman||Ken Bruce||Susie Dent||138|
|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|
|4745||28/01/2009||CSF||Steve Briers||87 - 82||Nick Wainwright||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Paul Zenon||Susie Dent||119|
|4747||30/01/2009||CGF||Charlie Reams||67 - 88||Steve Briers||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Paul Zenon||Susie Dent||114|
|5622||16/01/2013||30BP||Andrew Hulme||113 - 74||Steven Briers||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||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 | XV : Zarte Siempre