M J Bridge
Cappelletti (also known as Hamilton and Pottage)
Cappelletti is possibly more common across the Atlantic in the world of the strong no trump.
It is a defensive method in as much as the philosophy which usually accompanies it is more concerned with disruptive and competitive bidding than with locating a game contract. This will be the standard mind-
Unusually, though, for defences which are frequently used against a strong no trump it incorporates a strong (penalty) double.
There is no reason why it should not be used with a more positive mindset when playing against a weak no trump.
It is a popular defensive method, concentrating particularly on two-
It is a little more proactive than ‘D.O.N.T.’ in that it is prepared to compete at the three-
You would, of course, instigate such an auction only with good reason when vulnerable.
Following the opponents opening bid of 1NT the scheme of responses is:-
double penalty (typically 16+);
2♣ any single-
2♦ at least 5-
2♥ at least 5-
2♠ at least 5-
2NT at least 5-
Many partnerships will specify that one or more of these bids will promise a range of about eleven to fifteen.
I prefer to define my requirements in terms of suit quality with an eye on the vulnerability, but in practice this will probably not differ greatly from the point-
Q T 6 3 2
A K 7 4
You have four hearts and five spades.
The hand is at the bottom end of the range, but at least you can show both majors without pushing the auction beyond the two-
Q T 6 3 2
A K 7 6 4
The hand is at the bottom end of the range, the quality of the spades is poor, and you might have to reach the three-
Personally I would pass when vulnerable and bid 2♠ when not vulnerable, but it is a matter of partnership style.
Intermediate and above
I have not played this convention with a regular partner and so my thoughts can have only limited validity.
Note that single-
The inability to distinguish between 5-
There is something to be said for interchanging the 2♣ and 2♦ bids to overcome this problem, at which point you are playing something close to ‘Multi-
I also miss the ability to show a four-
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