An EBU Disciplinary Committee recently considered the following charges against David Green & Hilary Barnett-Green (BBO names fournine and hils48) at a hearing in August.
That when they played in online games on the Bridgebase Online (“BBO”) platform organised by the Avenue BC and Patcham BC between February 2021 and April 2021, they had knowledge of some aspects of each other’s hands obtained by illicit communication with each other. It is alleged that they both took advantage of this information to make plays which they were unlikely to have made without such knowledge, to the benefit of their bridge scores in the sessions concerned.
The defendants admitted 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. They considered the mitigation offered.
The Committee imposed a sanction of suspension of EBU membership for a period of 2 years.