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Cappelletti, Hamilton, Pottage - A defensive bidding system against opponents' 1 Notrump opening bid (often called Hamilton in the Western United States, or Pottage in England):

Standard Cappelletti:

Bid

Meaning

Double

Penalty oriented - showing values equal to 1 Notrump opener. 

Note - to some, this means 1 Notrump opener's range (weak if opener's range is weak); other partner agreements use doubler's (overcaller) 1 Notrump opening range (as always 15-17 points).

Many play advancer's suit responses are "systems on" (transfers)

2 Clubs

A one-suited hand

2 Diamonds

Hearts and Spades

2 Hearts

Hearts and a Minor

2 Spades

Spades and a Minor

2 Notrump

Clubs and Diamonds

Modified Cappelletti Variation 1:

Bid

Meaning

Double

Equal hand (to opener's 1 Notrump bid strength)

2 Clubs

Unspecified minor-major or a one-suited hand

2 Diamonds

Majors

2 Hearts

Hearts (natural)

2 Spades

Spades (natural)

Modified Cappelletti Variation 2:

Bid

Meaning

Double

A one-suited hand

2 Clubs

Minors

2 Diamonds

Majors

2 Hearts

Hearts and a minor

2 Spades

Spades and a minor

 

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