Online Cheating: News from NBO’s

The PBU (Polish Bridge Union) has suspended Janusz Kowalewski and Jerzy Witold Gobers for online cheating. In the sentence, posted by PBU, we can reads the followings:

“We found many non-standard deals, both in the play and in the auction, which with 100% accuracy hit the values owned by the partner, not disclosed in any legal way”.

The two Polish players have been suspended for a period of 24 months (in accordance with par. 6, section 1c of the PBU Disciplinary Regulations).

Additional penalties:

  • a five-year ban on playing in a pair (par. 6, section 2d of the DA);
  • collecting classification points gained in a joint game in the period from November 15, 2020 to the end of March 2021 (paragraph 6, paragraph 2c DA);
  • making the judgment public (paragraph 6, paragraph 2uRD) both players were temporarily disqualified, therefore the period of disqualification lasts until March 15, 2023.

Source: PBU


The English Bridge Union (EBU) posted the followings:

An EBU Disciplinary Committee recently considered the following charges against Anne Hawkins (hawkieanne) & Jane  Hawkins (clutterjh) at a hearing in early November.

  • That when they played in online games on the Bridgebase Online (“BBO”) platform organised by the English Bridge Union and also their local clubs(Wakefield and the Oliver Cowan BC), 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.


At a new hearing on November 1st following an appeal, a verdict of dishonest and unfair play against Colin and Jenny Hearn was overturned by the Disciplinary Panel. The case fell short of the criteria to reach a guilty verdict and as a consequence Mr. and Mrs. Hearn were found not guilty, and the previously levied sanction was withdrawn.

November 9, 2021

source: EBU





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