An EBU Disciplinary Committee recently considered the following charges against Colin Hearn (BBO Name CHearn1) & Jennie Hearn (BBO Name Jhearn3) at a hearing in May.
• That when they played in online games on the Bridgebase Online (“BBO”) platform organised by the Ned Paul Bridge Club, they had knowledge of some aspects of each other’s hands obtained by illicit communication with each other.
• That they took advantage of this information to make calls and plays which they were unlikely to have made had they not known the layout of the hands, to the benefit of their bridge scores in those sessions.
The defendants denied the charges. A disciplinary hearing was held and the Disciplinary Committee found the charges proved to their comfortable satisfaction, and that the defendants’ 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 3 years.
This decision is subject to an appeal process.