This concept originated with Mr. Michael Cappelletti, born in the year 1942 of Alexandria, Virginia, United States. He as served on the ACBL Board of Governors, on the National Appeals Committe, and was President of the Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference and also the Washington Bridge League.

     

The logic behind the devised concept is to communicate a certain type of holding with a particular pattern, but with a different and defined length in the two suits indicated.

The following two illustrations should clarify this distinction as communicated by the cuebid. The spot cards are rather irrelevant and are neither included nor necessary for the explanation of the conventional Cappelletti cuebid.

Note: Since the strength of the holding lies in the actual distribution the relevancy of high card points becomes less important than the trick-taking ability of the holding.

Note: The Cappelletti cuebid is generally applied once the opposing players have bid two suits on the one level. However, there is no restriction placed on the competing player by the original concept not to extend the same principle in the case that the second opposing bid is on the two level. Such restrictive parameters do not exist.

Example 1: The Cappelletti cuebid shows greater strength in the lower-ranking of the two unbid suits. The ideal and minimum shape is a distribution of 5-4, but can be 6-5 or 6-4.

 
North
KQxx
xxx
Axx
xxx
 
West
Jxx
QJxxx
xxx
xx
 
East
xx
AKxx
Kx
AJ10xx
 
South (D)
Axx
xx
QJxxx
KQx
 
South (D)   West   North   East   Meaning
1               South promises opening values.
    Pass           West has no bid at this time.
        1       North has sufficient values to respond.
            2   Cappelletti Cuebid showing both unbid suits, and promises greater length in the lower-ranking suit, or Clubs.

Example 2: The Cappelletti cuebid shows greater strength in the higher-ranking of the two unbid suits. The ideal and minimum shape is a distribution of 5-4, but can be 6-5 or 6-4.

 
North
KQxx
xxx
Axx
xxx
 
West
Jxx
xx
xxx
QJxxx
 
East
xx
AJ10xx
Kx
AKxx
 
South (D)
Axx
KQx
QJxxx
xx
 
South (D)   West   North   East   Meaning
1               South promises opening values.
    Pass           West has no bid at this time.
        1       North has sufficient values to respond.
            2   Cappelletti Cuebid showing both unbid suits, and promises greater length in the higher-ranking suit, or Hearts.

 

 

If you wish to include this feature, or any other feature, of the game of bridge in your partnership agreement, then please make certain that the concept is understood by both partners. Be aware whether or not the feature is alertable or not and whether an announcement should or must be made. Check with the governing body and/or the bridge district and/or the bridge unit prior to the game to establish the guidelines applied. Please include the particular feature on your convention card in order that your opponents are also aware of this feature during the bidding process, since this information must be made known to them according to the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge. We do not always include the procedure regarding Alerts and/or Announcements, since these regulations are changed and revised during time by the governing body. It is our intention only to present the information as concisely and as accurately as possible.

 


     
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