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EBU: New Disciplinary Convictions

The English Bridge Union posted the followings:

 

An EBU Disciplinary Committee recently considered the following charges against Julie Abley (Winniemole) & Steve Abley (Westhamman) at a hearing in April.

•    That when they played in online games on the Bridgebase Online (“BBO”) platform organised by the English Bridge Union and others, 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. 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 and 3 months. The conviction and suspension are subject to an appeal.

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An EBU Disciplinary Committee recently considered the following charges against Andrew Smith (Andrewafs) & Anne Smith (Smithan) at a hearing in April.

•    That when they played in online games on the Bridgebase Online (“BBO”) platform organised by the English Bridge Union and others, 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 admitted 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. They considered the mitigation offered.

The Committee imposed a sanction of suspension of EBU membership for a period of 18 months.

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An EBU Disciplinary Committee recently considered the following charges against Kevin Colling at a hearing in April.

•    That when he played and directed in online games on the Bridgebase Online (“BBO”) platform organised by the English Bridge Union and others, he had knowledge of some aspects of each other’s hands obtained by using his directorial access to his advantage..

•    He took advantage of this information to make calls and plays which he was unlikely to have made had he not known the layout of the hands, to the benefit of his bridge scores in those sessions. There was no suggestion that his partners were complicit in these actions.

The defendant admitted the charge. A disciplinary hearing was held and 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. They considered the mitigation offered.

The Committee imposed a sanction of suspension of EBU membership for a period of 24 months.

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