By Peter Rhead
Cappelletti Defense Against One No-Trump
We have talked before that some conventions are for defense and some are for offense. This week’s convention is all about defense.
The opponents open One No-Trump. It is your turn to bid. You might have an opening One No-Trump yourself or you might have a long suit of seven-card length and zero points. What are your options?
We will discuss two better-known conventions for defense against One No-Trump openings. The first is Cappelletti. The second is DONT (Disturb Opponent’s No-Trump). Next week we will talk about DONT.
This week’s convention is Cappelletti.
Cappelletti is a defense against One No-Trump openings invented by Michael Cappelletti Senior (1942- 2013). Using Cappelletti, the basis of your defense is three-fold depending on the following three holdings. Otherwise you PASS.
First you also have a One No-Trump opening, and double for penalty.
Second you have a long suit (any one of the four) with few or no entries to get to your suit. You realize that if you have a long suit, they probably also have a long suit. With their One No-Trump opening they probably have the entries to get to the long suit. Not vulnerable you are willing to take a penalty. You bid Two Clubs to show a single suiter. Partner may PASS with six Clubs. Otherwise, partner must answer Two Diamonds and you correct if your long suit is not Diamonds. With interference, partner is off the hook.
Third, you have a two-suited hand (5-5 or 5-4) and you are not vulnerable. Bid Two Diamonds to show both majors. Bid Two Hearts to show Hearts and an undisclosed minor. Bid Two Spades to show Spades and an undisclosed minor. Bid Two No-Trump to show both minors. If partner does not have three cards to support your Two Heart or Two Spade bid then partner bids the lowest minor. If he bids Three Clubs, you PASS or correct to Diamonds. To your Two No-Trump bid showing both minors, partner responds with his best minor and there the part score will be played unless the opponents continue bidding.
For more information, read Cappelletti Defense to 1NT by Barbara Seagram in 25 More Bridge Conventions, page three.
Next Week: Disturb Opponent’s No-Trump (DONT)
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SOCIAL BRIDGE GAME IN HUNTSVILLE
AT THE SUMMIT CENTRE FOR ACTIVE LIVING, THURSDAYS 7PM
In the multi-purpose room 2nd floor (elevator) (back entrance of Summit Centre)
Just come – with or without a partner. Please arrive 10 minutes before game time. For information, contact Donna or Peter Tikuisis at 647 471 1774 or [email protected]
This game will be played following Chicago Rules (allowing both fast and slow games). You will keep your same partner for the entire evening. Cost is $1.50 per person. Parking is outside the North Entrance opposite Heritage Village Railway Station.
PORT CARLING SOCIAL BRIDGE CLUB
Games for the Port Carling Social Bridge Club for the Winter are Monday afternoon 1pm at the Port Carling Community Centre, 3 Bailey Street. Please arrive with your partner at least 10 minutes before game time.
For information, contact Andree or Scott 705-764-3827 [email protected]
Results for Monday, Jan 20, 2020 1. Joan & Len Frost 4320 points; 2. Louise Kirbyson & Mavis Hall 3690 points
HUNTSVILLE DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB
Games are Tuesday 1pm Trinity United Church 33 Main Street. Please arrive with your partner at least 10 minutes before game time. For partnerships and information call Jan Roberts 705 635-2522 or email [email protected]
Note: The game has changed to 1pm Tuesday for the Winter.
The following winners are for Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 with 8 pairs playing a Howell Movement 1. Beryl Clayson and Paul Clayson; 2/3. Helen Pearson and Jim Smith; 2/3. Liz Graham and Dorothy Russell; 4. Gerry VanLierop and Ron Groulx
MUSKOKA DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB (Bracebridge)
Games for the Bracebridge Club are Mondays 7pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Taylor Road. Please arrive with your partner 10 minutes before game time. For information contact Brian at 705-645-5340 [email protected]
The following winners are from Monday, Jan 20, 2020 with 8 pairs playing a Howell movement. 1. Mary Luke and Donna McIntosh; 2. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; 3. Gail Lederer and David Bryce; 4. Kathy Kent and David Kent
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