An EBU Disciplinary Committee considered the following charges against Alexander Hydes (BBO playing account names: itsgrim, itsgrim2 and killjoys2) at a hearing in December 2021.
- That when he played in some online games on the Bridgebase Online (“BBO”) platform between April and August 2020, he had prior knowledge of the layout of the hands obtained by self-kibitzing.
- This information enabled him to make calls and plays which he might not have made had he not known the layout of the hands.
The defendant denied the charges, and 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 paragraphs 3.2(iii) and 3.2(iv) of the EBU Disciplinary Rules, being a breach of the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge and unfair or dishonest play.
The Committee imposed a sanction of a ban on becoming a player member of the EBU for a period of four years and six months and a ten-year ban from playing for England in any representative event.
The defendant appealed and the Appeal Committee upheld the decision of the Disciplinary Committee.