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 Canape - A bidding treatment where opener and responder bid short suits before disclosing their long suit, when both hands are strong enough to bid two suits.  Opener's bid may be a short suit with as few as 3 cards, either a minor or major

Since Canape is typically part of a Big Club system, 1C (artificial) is excluded from Canape treatment.  Thus, opener with a two-suiter including Clubs must be shown through follow-up bids.

Assuming the partnership has sufficient values, belatedly bidding the longer suit has several advantages. The Canape partner usually does not need to take a preference at a higher level than necessary.  Canape makes it difficult for opponents to enter the auction since their best suit may have been bid by the Canape call. This often allows the Canape pair to conveniently bid uninterrupted auctions.  Thus, while standard systems focus on 5 card  major suit opening bids (4 card major using Acol),  Canape major suit openers are usually no longer than 4 card long, providing a modest preemptive effect.

In two instances, the Canape opener begins with the longest suit:

1.

A minimum hand with only one five-card or longer suit (except Clubs), where Opener bids and rebids the suit

2.

Hands worth a jump rebid of the suit

When opener has two 5 card suits, the Canape bidder begins with the higher suit first with a minimum hand; with a better hand, the lower suit is first bid (reversing with lesser values than other systems).
 

Playing Canape, all 1 level opening suit bids are forcing for one round.  Responder makes the cheapest available bid with a weak hand (Herbert Negative).

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