CoNuT - Countdown In Newcastle 2020 - Saturday 28th March 2020

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CoNuT - Countdown In Newcastle 2020 - Saturday 28th March 2020

Post by James Robinson » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:50 pm


Yes, it's me again, and after a year's sabbatical, Innis Carson returns, so we can host yet another CO-event, back in the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne!!! So, it's CoNuT TIME AGAIN!!!

Our venue is the PTE Social Club, just a couple of miles east of Newcastle city centre in the area of Byker (yes, as in Byker Grove). The address is Millers Road, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE6 2XP. (For a look yourselves, go here: ... e-3977382/) Easy access from Newcastle station is available by the Metro services, the yellow line has easy access from the centre. Chillingham Road is 3 stops down from Monument, which is literally a couple of minutes walk from the venue.

General Overview:
Presented by James Robinson and the returning Innis Carson, using the "Bristol" classroom format and playing along with big screen virtual studio graphics:

Based on the successful introduction in COHUD 2017, we're using a group stage format, players will be drawn at random into groups of equal numbers playing a set number of heat matches (more than likely to be 5). This means players will know at the start who they will be up against in the heats.

These will be 9-round matches, as per the current television format, bar the fact that the last part is just a conundrum (6L 2N 1C).

At the end of the heats, everyone goes into groups of eight for the quarter-finals, in order of number of wins, total points scored and +/- points difference. The winner from each heats group goes into Division A, the runner-up into Division B, third place into C and fourth place into D.

From here, everybody is seeded within their divisions to play a 15-round quarter-final (10L 4N 1C), 15-round semi-final and 14-round final (8L 4N 2C). This will be done in Swiss format, so everybody will get to play right until the end of the day.

The two finalists in Group A will sit out the mainstream final, to play the tournament’s showpiece Grand Final at around 5pm. So if you don’t make the top two, why not recharge your glass, sit back and enjoy!

CoNuT will take place on Saturday 28 March -- doors open at 9:30am for a prompt 10:30am start, finishing at around 5:45-6pm. The admission price is set at £15 and includes a hot buffet lunch. There will be a cash bar available too. :D

We will also have dinner at Za Za Bazaar in the centre of Newcastle afterwards, and I have reserved a table for us to use for a nice dinner after the event. If you would like to join me and Innis for a brilliant "world banquet" (Have a look here:, then an additional payment of £15 will be required.

So, basically, if you want to come to the event and dinner, it's £30, but if you just want to attend the event, it's just £15.

As per usual, payments are available:
- By PayPal ( (event and dinner) or (event only) (DON'T FORGET - Choose the "Family/Friends" option on payment.);
- By phone (0781 775 0544);
- By cheque (address available on request).

We look forward to having you join us up in the Geordie heartland!!!

Confirmed Participants (2):
James Haughton
Richard Priest

Interested Attendees (21):
Ashwin Abanashi
George Armstrong
Kevin Briggs
Dan Byrom
Thomas Carey
Jeff Clayton
Jonathan De Souza
Anthony Endsor
Chloe Jones
Ciaran McCarthy
Andrew McNamara
Mark Mills
Nathan Pace
Rachel Perkins
Joyce Phillips
Phil Stanton
Paul Talmey
Dylan Taylor
Craig Tranter
Jason Turner
Barry Wilson
CO:WY COMING SOON.... ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-) :geek: :ugeek:

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