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Official Encyclopedia of Contract Bridge

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The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge is published by the ACBL (American Contract Bridge League). It is updated every 7-9 years. The first edition was in 1964, if we don’t count the encyclopedia published in 1935 by Bridge World. The latest edition is from 2001  and now  the ACBL is in the process of producing the 7th Edition. Read the full story

Enciclopedia ufficiale del Bridge

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L’Official Encyclopedia of Bridge  è pubblicata dalla ACBL (American Contract Bridge League). Viene aggiornata ogni 7-9 anni, ed è giunta alla sesta edizione (2001); la prima fu nel 1964, non contando quella del 1935 della rivista Bridge World. E’ in corso di stampa  la settima edizione che uscirà a breve. Read the full story

Two-suiter club: book review by P.E. Garrisi – translated by Carol Sims

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“Two-suiter Club” by Gianantonio Castiglioni – ed. Mursia 2009 (in italian)

The Two suiter Club is a new system designed by the bridge scholar Gianantonio Castiglioni of Milan, a chemist and businessman who lives in Lugano.    It uses the strong club opening of 16 HCP, 5 card major, weak 2’s and 1NT 15-17 HCP. Some characteristics are shared with Precision and thus before proceeding we need a description of Precision. Read the full story

Il Fiori Bicolore – recensione a cura di Paolo Enrico Garrisi

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 “Fiori Bicolore”, di Gianantonio Castiglioni,  Mursia 2009

“Fiori Bicolore” è un nuovo sistema elaborato dal teorico Gianantonio Castiglioni di Milano, un chimico e uomo d’affari che vive a Lugano. Utilizza fiori forte da sedici punti, quinta nobile, aperture due deboli e 1NT 15-17; alcuni caratteri sono del Precision, per cui prima di proseguire ne occorre la descrizione. Read the full story

The Thief and the Fire

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Original tale by Paolo Enrico Garrisi  (translated by Carol Sims )

One night a thief broke into a house, forced open the safe and stole money, jewels and share certificates. Unexpectedly he heard a noise at the door: the owner had returned home, the thief had to escape. Read the full story

Opening with clubs in Neapolitan Club

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 Strong club system need at least two alternative openings for the hands beneath the strenght limit (17 or 16 points), and containing the club suit. These openings usually are 2♣, specific with the long suit, and undefined 1: with or without clubs or diamonds. The latter often affects – or is affected by – the 1NT opening. For example:

– In the original Precision systems (1963, Charles Wei and Alan Truscott), 1 had three or more card; 1NT was a balanced hand with 13-15. Subsequent variants, of other players, upgraded the 1NT, that became 14-16 or 15-17, and, necessarily, downgraded the diamonds to two or one card suit (or even zero). This is the case of Rodwell-Meckstroth: they open 1 with two cards or a stiff honour, and 14-16 1NT (15-17 vulnerable).

– In Polish Club (e.g. Jassem-Martens), 1 grants always four cards and 1NT is worth 12-14.

– Sabine Auken and Daniela Von Arnim’s system opens 1 with three cards, or with two in the shape 3-3-2-5. They play mini 1NT (10-12), and four card majors.

A specification needs. The diamonds problem arises in Precision, in Meckwell and in Polish Club, mostly because the contemporary presence in those systems of the 5CM and the strong 1NT (15-17). Playing 4CM, as in Auken-Von Arnim, the only case in which diamonds are less than three, in fact, is the shape 3-3-2-5.



Strong 1NT is in the range 15-17 (or 16-18).

Weak 1NT is in the range 12-14.

Mini 1NT is in the range 10-12.


The Neapolitan Club System plays 4CM, however it needs great accuracy in this matter because it calls for full protection in NT contracts; this feature denies 1NT as a “container” for all that doesn’t fit the other openings; furthermore, the contract on minor is often the escaping from unprotected NT, then the uncertainty about clubs-diamonds must last as little as possible or, better, must do not exist at all. Neapolitan Club has two specific openings for clubs, 1NT and 2♣, and one less specific, 1, but not so vague as the modern systems allow.

We must also say that, as Neapolitan is a sound system, it needs good quality for the original bid. The biddable suit in the opening bid is normally any five card suit or a four one headed by K, or Q-9, or J-10. Bearing in mind these qualities – full protected NT, biddable suit, sound opening – we can sketch out the treatments and the reason of being of 1, 1NT and 2♣.


1 Opening bid

12-16 points and four or more cards, or three cards headed at least by Ace or King. The cards are three when the other suit isn’t biddable, or when it’s a club suit and the hand or the suit aren’t apt for 1NT or 2♣.


1NT Opening bid (with only clubs)

Balanced or semi balanced hand, 13-16 points. Four or five card club suit (exceptionally six), and no other suits; the shapes are 3-3-3-4 and 2(3)-2(3)-2(3)-5. All the suits must have a stopper; in 3-3-3-4 one suit can have not. Exceptions:

a) Six card club suit. The clubs must are weak and the other suits must have a good stopper.

Example: ♠QJx KJ AJ ♣Jxxxxx.

b) 3-3-2-5 without diamond stopper, but with 14-16 points (not 13).

Example: ♠AKx KJx xx ♣Axxxx.


2♣ Opening bid (always with clubs, one or two suited)

This opening originates from four kinds of hand, always with clubs:

a): one suited, 6+ cards, 11-16 points.

b): weak (11-12 points), 4M-6+ clubs.

c): 13-16 with strong five card suit. Example:

♠Axx Kxx xx ♣AKJxx. Here the clubs are enough strong that is possible avoid 1NT with the unguarded suit.

d) Two suited reverse hand with clubs


This is the way how the “Short diamond affair” has been solved in Neapolitan. It hasn’t been without a fee: the cost is the passing, sometime, with 12 or bad 13 points; such passes, anyway, are lined up with the character of the system, i.e. the soundness.

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Giorgino Duboin’s column

Italian style 02The Neapolitan Club staff is honoured to welcome a new illustrious contributor: Giorgino Duboin. The great Italian champion will write a series of articles mostly dedicated to his international bridge activities. Duboin’s Column »

Norberto Bocchi’s column

MyWay-logoThe great Italian champion Norberto Bocchi contributes articles on a regular basis to Neapolitan Club. Norberto refers in his column ‘My Way’ to political issues which may arise in the bridge world and sometimes he describes interesting hands. Read Bocchi’s column»   Read Bocchi’s interviews»

Rhoda Walsh Notes

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Simply the Best

Best articles by Paolo Enrico Garrisi: open »

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Best interviews run by Laura Camponeschi: open »

Momorizing at Bridge

Are there techniques to develop some specific memory? Could be possible to make a choice of what might be more useful to memorize? Read what the champions say: open »

Silvio Sbarigia


SILVIO SBARIGIA is a pharmacist; he was born in Rome and lives there. He has won the European championship in 1975 with legendary Blue Team, runner up at 1974’s and at Olympic games of 1976.  Sbarigia is member of Neapolitan Club Technical Commettee. His bridge problems aren’t difficult; just we need to think on a plan and to avoid the instinctive playing. Bridge quizzes by Sbarigia »

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