An EBU Disciplinary Committee recently considered the following charges against Robert Macrae (BBO name rob2121) & Sylvia Desert (BBO Name des6161).
• That when they played in online games on the Bridgebase Online (“BBO”) platform organised by Tudor Bridge Club and Border 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 did not contest the charges. A disciplinary meeting 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 two years. The sanction is subject to appeal.