Mo learnt bridge in his late teens in Bangladesh and moved to London in 2009 to take a Masters course at UCL. He has been playing duplicate at the club for the past 18 months and undertaken five courses in the last year. Mo is now a regular at Monday – Wednesday sessions plus often attends on Friday’s and weekends, playing with Alex Batten, Mike Kostyn, Robert Mundy and Eric Sorrel in rotation.
Where and why did you start to play?
Because of health conditions when I was younger, I was hopeless at physical sports and preferred indoor games. One time, my uncle and his friends were playing bridge and I started to follow. Their bidding conversations fascinated me. I was good at maths and found it very interesting.
I have learnt more systematic bidding at the club. Andrew McIntosh is my Bridge Guru plus the club’s supervisors Alex, Kiril and Laura helped me a lot. I am still learning and have a long way to go.
What do you enjoy most about the game?
For me, Bridge is like solving math problems; even if you fail to solve a particular puzzle you will learn additional elements and often, find out what not to do. The bidding conversation, making correct assumptions, inferences and key decisions, trusting partners alongside keeping track of the 52 cards are the main enjoyments to me.
Any tips for members wanting to improve?
I would say to believe in yourself. Try to play against good players, you are more likely to lose but will learn plenty. Put yourself in a more challenging environment and see how it goes. You will learn from making mistakes.
What do you do in your career?
I am a practising architect and also undertake interior design and photography. I lectured in Architecture at universities for few years.
What did you find most interesting about your work?
Joy of creation is the salient feature, off course. But most interesting is that clients risk a lot of money on your design.
Do you have any other activities aside from bridge?
I love to play table tennis (not ping pong). Plus I write Bangla literature, some of which has been recently published in a book.
What book / film / play would you recommend to members?
Three Comrades, All Quiet on the Western Front by Eric Maria Remark, Foundation series by Asimov, White Fang by Jack London are few of my favourite books.
Films: The Godfather, The Deer Hunter, Out of Africa, Rain Man, Scent of a Woman, Schindler's List, The Pianist
Where is your favourite holiday destination and why?
I went to Isle of Sky and loved its primitive form and landscape. Also the setting does not allow you to think of work.
Do you have any role models or heroes you want to meet? If so, why?
I would love to meet Sir Norman Foster because I like his architectural designs.