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The Two-minute Interview Lead your
Farokh Engineer strongest suit
DO you like to play five-of-a-minor at
pairs? Of course not – you prefer the
Now switch seats, and say you, as West,
FAROKH Engineer’s test cricket career are defending an opposing five-of-a-minor showing 3♠, but three small hearts –
started in 1961 and continued to 1975; game. There are two main possibilities: even (especially) facing three small hearts
he was India’s first-choice wicket- in dummy – may work okay for no-
keeper for most of that period. As a 1. The opponents have misjudged and trumps. I’d gamble 3NT.
batsman, he plundered 94 before should be playing 3NT.
lunch on the first day in the Madras 2. The opponents have done well to What should you lead to 5♦?
test in 1966-67. Farokh also lent his
avoid 3NT, because they have an At the table West looked no further than
face – and hair! – to the Brylcreem
unstopped suit. the queen of spades. Declarer won the ace,
drew trumps, then played king, ace and a
How did you start playing bridge? You do not have to concern yourself with third club, ruffing the suit good. A spade
I had a knee replacement operation – Point 1. If your opponents are in 5♦, and over to dummy enabled him to cash the
not an uncommon occurrence for a all other North-Souths are making over- three long clubs, throwing all his hearts
cricketer – and was bored during the tricks in 3NT, you have a top whatever you away. Thirteen tricks, game made plus
long recovery period that followed. do. But if Point 2 is the case, you must cash two, and North-South plus 640.
A friend took me to the Manchester your winners in the suit in which you have At most other tables the contract was
Bridge Club; I played a few times and the cashing tricks – before they run away. 3NT. No surprises there. One or two Wests
was hooked! As in cricket, I didn’t take led a heart (holding declarer to nine
lessons but just threw myself in at the tricks), but, not surprisingly (leading from
deep end. However, I had help from N/S Game. Dealer South. ace-queen to four against a no-trump
Jeff Morris, owner of Manchester BC,
♠K8 contract is not a long-term winner) most
who gave me a portable bridge-playing
♥ 10 4 led a spade. Declarer could now cash ten
computer to practise with.
♦ K 10 7 tricks for plus 630.
How often do you play? ♣A97632 Do you see what I’m getting at? Our West
Two or three times a week, either ♠ QJ97 ♠ 10 6 5 4 2 defending 5♦ should have reasoned as
rubber or duplicate. ♥ AQ32 N ♥KJ65 follows: ‘If North-South hold the king of
What does bridge mean to you? ♦ 86 S ♦43 hearts, they will likely make 3NT with over-
A lot! It keeps my mind alert. As in ♣ 10 8 5 ♣QJ tricks, in which case I will get a top defend-
cricket, you never stop learning. ♠A3 ing 5♦ whatever I lead. But if partner holds
If you could change one thing about ♥987 the king of hearts, I must cash our hearts.’
bridge, what would it be? ♦AQJ952 Letting declarer make all thirteen tricks
I would discourage from playing those ♣K4 in 5♦ gave East-West a near bottom. Had
opinionated people who make life a West led the ace of hearts (then a second
misery for others with gratuitous criti- heart), holding declarer to plus 600, he
cism. The really good players are not West North East South would have scored a near-top.
like that and advise only when asked! 1♦
What are your hobbies outside Pass 2♣ Pass 2♦
bridge? Pass 3♦ Pass 5♦ 1 Andrew’s Tip: When the opponents
More bridge! But I also do a lot of com- All Pass reach five-of-a-minor (as opposed
mentating for the media all over the 1
Worth a game, with the fine six-card suit, to 3NT), play them to be off a
world – mostly cricket, but I hope side ace, and promoted ♣K (in the light cashing suit. Lead from your strong-
bridge will be next! of partner’s response in the suit). But 5♦? est suit.
The scientists might bid a stopper-
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