New Disciplinary Convictions

May 5, 2021

An EBU Disciplinary Committee recently considered the following charges against Ting To (BBO name ting11) at a hearing in March.

  • That when he played in online games on the Bridgebase Online (“BBO”) platform organised by the Richmond Bridge Club in June and July 2020, he had knowledge of the layout of the hands obtained either by “self-kibitzing” or by illicit communication with a kibitzer.
  • That 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.

The defendant failed to respond to the charges, which was treated as a denial. 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 Committee imposed a sanction of suspension of EBU membership for a period of four years.