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EBU: New Disciplinary Convictions

The English Bridge Union (EBU) posted the followings:

An EBU Disciplinary Committee recently considered the following charges against Soheila Munro (BBO name solo5) at a hearing in January.

  • That when she played in online games on the Bridgebase Online (“BBO”) platform organised by the Richmond Bridge Club in August and September 2020, she had knowledge of the layout of the hands obtained either by “self-kibitzing” or by illicit communication with a kibitzer.
  • That she took advantage of this information to make calls and plays which she was unlikely to have made had she not known the layout of the hands, to the benefit of her bridge scores in those sessions.

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 paragraph 3.2(iv) of the EBU Disciplinary Rules, being unfair or dishonest play.

The defendant appealed and the Appeal Committee dismissed the appeal and confirmed the Disciplinary Committee’s sanction of suspension of EBU membership for a period of three years. Her deposit was returned.

 

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An EBU Disciplinary Committee recently considered the following charges against Michael Quinn (BBO name Smiler19) and Norma Quinn (BBO name myboys12) at a hearing in March.

  • That when they played in online games on the Bridgebase Online (“BBO”) platform organised by the EBU and by the Horsham Bridge Club between June and September 2020, 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, and a disciplinary hearing was held. 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 three years.

The defendants appealed and the Appeal Committee summarily dismissed the appeal as disclosing no grounds for concluding that the Disciplinary Committee had erred, and forfeited the deposit.

May 13, 2021

 

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Source: EBU

 

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