An EBU Disciplinary Committee recently considered the following charges against Peter Woodhouse (BBO name Zillahandp) at a hearing on 5th March.
• That when he played in online games on the Bridgebase Online (“BBO”) platform organised by the Deva Bridge Club in September and October 2020, he had knowledge of the layout of the hands obtained either by “self-kibitzing” or by illicit communication with a kibitzer.
• That he took advantage of this information to make calls and plays which he was unlikely to have made had he not known the layout of the hands, to the benefit of his bridge scores in those sessions.
The defendant denied the charges. A disciplinary hearing was held. The Disciplinary Committee found the charges proved to their comfortable satisfaction, and that the defendant’s conduct constituted an offence under paragraph 3.2(iv) of the EBU Disciplinary Rules, being unfair or dishonest play. The Committee imposed a sanction of suspension of EBU membership for a period of five years.