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Matthew Tassier
Octochamp Statistics
Final positionRunner-up
Points total799
Conundrums solved3
Matthew Tassier

Matthew Tassier was an octochamp in and the runner-up of Series 73, and a participant in Championship of Champions XV.


Appearances on the progamme

Heat games

Tassier achieved five centuries in his octochamp run, including a top score of 120, although he also achieved two scores in the 70s. He finished 5th in the seed table.


Tassier's results set up a quarter-final with No. 4 seed John Hardie. In a high scoring game, Tassier prevailed 122 – 107 thanks to the nine ADDICTIVE. In the semi-finals, another nine, OUTBRAVES, swung the pendulum in his favour late on as Tassier defeated No. 1 seed Thomas Carey to set up a final with Jonathan Wynn. The final went to a crucial conundrum, however neither player solved TTHESCORE and Tassier was defeated by 4 points.

Championship of Champions XV

Tassier returned to Countdown to participate in Championship of Champions XV in January 2019. He played Dougie Mackay in the third preliminary round of the tournament, breaking away to achieve a 96 – 78 thanks in part to his six-small prowess. In the quarter-final he took on Tom Chafer-Cook, where he was overwhelmed by Tom’s word knowledge and lost 111 – 62.


Tassier is a numbers expert, some say the best Countdown numerist in the world. Obviously he practiced on Apterous, and held the record for the extremely hard Spoilage numbers attack for six years before being beaten in 2020 by Dave Robjohns by just 4 points.

In 2013, Tassier achieved an incredible feat when he was able to beat the Apterous computer, and therefore beat the max, on a Hyperlock Numbers round. [1]

Preceded by
Tracey Mills
Series runner-up
Series 73
Followed by
Ann Dibben


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
6245 9/11/2015 P Keith Kan 65 – 102 Matthew Tassier Michelle Collins Susie Dent 141
6246 10/11/2015 P Matthew Tassier 98 – 24 Tam O'Hare Michelle Collins Susie Dent 124
6247 11/11/2015 P Matthew Tassier 77 – 65 Romaine Boothe Michelle Collins Susie Dent 131
6248 12/11/2015 P Matthew Tassier 110 – 26 Bob Lowe Sherrie Hewson Susie Dent 146
6249 13/11/2015 P Matthew Tassier 120 – 26 Eoin Jardine Sherrie Hewson Susie Dent 135
6250 16/11/2015 P Matthew Tassier 103 – 57 Sarah Bladon Sherrie Hewson Susie Dent 124
6251 17/11/2015 P Matthew Tassier 114 – 48 Chris Kiely Sherrie Hewson Susie Dent 134
6252 18/11/2015 P Matthew Tassier 75 – 51 Jim Anderson Sherrie Hewson Susie Dent 112
6274 18/12/2015 QF John Hardie 107 – 122 Matthew Tassier Tim Rice Susie Dent 146
6275 21/12/2015 SF Thomas Carey 94 – 104 Matthew Tassier Tim Rice Susie Dent 153
6277 23/12/2015 GF Jonathan Wynn 98 – 94 Matthew Tassier Tim Rice Susie Dent 130
6982 4/01/2019 CP Matthew Tassier 96 – 78 Dougie Mackay Kate Humble Susie Dent 135
6990 16/01/2019 CQF Matthew Tassier 62 – 111 Tom Chafer-Cook Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 128
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