CoNuT - Countdown In Newcastle 2019 - Saturday 23rd March 2019

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James Robinson
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CoNuT - Countdown In Newcastle 2019 - Saturday 23rd March 2019

Post by James Robinson » Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:57 pm


Yes, it's me again, and I'm back with Innis Carson to host yet another CO-event, and it's time to head back up to the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne, so it's time to go CoNuT 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 2 stops with easy access from the centre. Byker is 2 stops down from Monument, and the following stop is Chillingham Road, which are pretty much equidistant from the venue.

General Overview:
Presented by James Robinson and 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 heat a set number of heat matches. This means players will know at the start who they will be up against in the heats.

These will be 10-round matches, as per the current television format, bar the fact that the last part is just a conundrum (6L 3N 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 9-round quarter-final (6L 2N 1C), 9-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 23 March -- doors open at 9:30am for a prompt 10:30am start, finishing at around 6-6:30pm. The admission price is set at £15 and includes a hot buffet lunch. There will be a cash bar available too. :D

Regular attendees of Mark Murray's Bristol tournaments have probably gone to the Za Za Bazaar down in the quays of Bristol. The only other Za Za Bazaar happens to be in Newcastle, 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!!!
UP THE MIGHTY TERRIERS!!! ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-)

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Re: CoNuT - Countdown In Newcastle 2019 - Saturday 23rd March 2019

Post by Jennifer Steadman » Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:40 am

FFS Robbo, way to ruin No NuT November.

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Re: CoNuT - Countdown In Newcastle 2019 - Saturday 23rd March 2019

Post by Matt Morrison » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:02 am

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:40 am
FFS Robbo, way to ruin No NuT November.
Haha, two days left as well. You know Robbo couldn't hold it in. Emoticons bursting everywhere.

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