New Disciplinary Conviction

August 3, 2022

An EBU Disciplinary Committee considered the following charges against Trupti Shah at a hearing in November 2021. 

  • That on up to ten occasions between 20th March 2019 and 24th July 2019 at the Leverstock Green Bridge Club, she changed the scores via the ArcScorer scoring tablets in use at the club, with the result that the score recorded in the scoring software for the boards in question was more favourable to her side than the score earned at the table.
  • That on up to sixty occasions between 6th June 2017 and 29th May 2018 at the Watford & Bushey Bridge Club, she changed the scores via the Bridgemate scoring devices in use at the club, with the result that the score recorded in the scoring software for the boards in question was more favourable to her side than the score earned at the table.

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), 3.2(iv) and 3.2(v) 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. The defendant appealed and the Appeal Committee upheld the decision of the Disciplinary Committee.