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The Two-minute Interview A bold
Susan Hampshire bidding
I LOVE the cut and thrust of match-
pointed pairs. I love making a risky lead-
directing bid that will save an overtrick
Photo: Shireen Mohandes
(getting partner off to the right start) five
times out of ten, make no difference four
times out of ten, and go for a nasty four-
figure penalty one time out of ten. It is a
bid you couldn’t even consider making at
other forms of the game (returning to
team-mates with -1100 is no joy, nor is very likely to bid 4♥, as he would have
Susan Hampshire is one of Britain’s
losing £110); yet at pairs it is winning done if you hadn’t bid. The difference is
finest actors, especially famous for her
tactics because it is the frequency of gain of that now your partner will lead a club.
television roles as Fleur Forsyte, Sarah
Churchill, Becky Sharp, and more
your action, not the amount of gain that is If you stay quiet, your partner will fish
recently Molly in Monarch Of The Glen. all-important. out the jack of spades lead. Disaster!
In 1995, she received an OBE for her Take our featured deal: Declarer wins the queen, cashes the ace of
work for the dyslexia cause and has diamonds, ruffs a diamond, cashes the
written a memoir about her own queen of trumps, crosses to the ace, ruffs a
struggle with the disorder. Love All. Dealer South. third diamond, returns to the king of
♠A964 spades, draws your last trump, then takes
How did you start playing bridge? ♥Q852 the marked finesse of the nine of spades
I was looking for a sedentary activity to ♦ 10 and discards a losing club on the ace of
share with my husband, who is not the ♣9753 spades. Twelve tricks and a mouldy 20%
active type, so five years ago I took a ♠ J 10 8 5 ♠32 or so of the match-points.
weekend beginners course supervised by ♥J N
♥ 10 9 6 It is altogether different on the queen of
Simon Stocken at the Andrew Robson ♦K97432 S ♦J65 clubs lead, marked after your bid. You
Bridge Club in London. ♣Q8 ♣ A K J 10 4 overtake (in case it is singleton), and play
How often do you play? ♠KQ7 two more high clubs. Declarer ruffs high (or
Not as often as my husband, who is a ♥AK743 partner will overruff), but now he has to
keen duplicate player and plays five times ♦AQ8 lose a trick to partne’s trump holding. Just
a week! I play as often as I can when I am ♣62 ten tricks and almost all the match-points.
not working, so it’s fairly spasmodic.
What does bridge mean to you?
I enjoy playing because it is relaxing, West North East South Andrew’s Tip: Make risky
but the main benefit for me has been that 1♥ lead-directing bids.
bridge has improved my memory as well Pass 3♥ 4♣ 4♥
as the way my brain works. Acting entails All Pass
learning a lot of lines very quickly, which Note: Partner has to realise that your bids
does not become any easier with age. You as East do not really have a 4♣ bid. may be shaded and lead-directing (to help
Bridge has helped me enormously in this Indeed you would go for a big number if him when he ends up as the opening
respect. doubled. But South does not know that leader). Therefore he should very rarely
How could bridge be more enjoyable your hand is so trickless; in practice he is sacrifice in 5♣ in the above auction.
I would love to be able to have a regular
partner. We might stand a better chance THE annual Lederer Memorial Trophy, organised by the London Metropolitan Bridge
of understanding each other’s bidding Association, will be held at Young Chelsea Bridge Club, London, on the weekend of 20-21
than I do with playing with a differ- October. Spectators are welcome to come and watch the invited bridge stars play, at the
ent partner each time! tables or on Vu-Graph. Entry fees are £10 on Saturday (£6 after 4pm), £8 on Sunday, or
£16 for the whole event. Students and senior citizens will be admitted for half-price. The
What are your hobbies outside bridge? Vu-Graph matches will be shown live on the Internet, hosted by Bridge Base Online.
Gardening and music. Information from Simon Cochemé 020 7603 3032, firstname.lastname@example.org
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