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Bridge can be as bad as NASA for confusing acronyms and lingo! Welcome to the Jargon Jungle - a glossary of bridge terms designed to help you hack your way through to a better understanding of the game of bridge. Just click on the first letter of the word you wish to find!  Each letter of the alphabet reloads the page.

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z

Canape: When opening two-suited hands, the shorter of the two suits is opened first rather than the longer as is traditional.

Cappelletti (Capp): Also known as Hamilton. A convention used over opponents opening 1NT bid.

X=penalty (indicates equivalent or better hand than 1NT bidder)
2C=one-suited hand in any suit, including clubs (partner responds 2D, --1NT-2C-P-2D-P-3C is clubs)
2D=majors
2H=hearts & a minor
2S=spades & a minor
2NT=minors
3C=natural

Carding: See Discard.

Claim: To claim is to show your hand and demonstrate how the remainder of a play would proceed, thus saving time on an already certain result.

Concede: To concede means you and partner (either declarer or defense) can take no more tricks. This also speeds up the game.

Communication: The presence of adequate entries in a partnership's combined hands.

Cramped: Auctions where you don't have as much bidding space as usual (such as after pre-empts).

Cuebids: (Slang - Q-bid) A cuebid is the bid of a suit that is very unlikely to be trump, either because it has been bid by the opponents or because your side has already agreed on trump. There are three types of cuebids:

Cuebids that promise: These usually show first (or sometimes second) round control of the suit bid (i.e. the ace or void for first round control and the king or singleton for second round control). (1S-P-3S-P-4C shows first round control of clubs.) (1S-P-3S-P-4C-P-5C shows second round control of clubs but denies first round control in either hearts or diamonds).

Cuebids that ask: Usually looking for a stopper for no trump (1D-2S-3S) or for help in a suit in game try (1S-P-2S-P-3C, looking for club help).

General force: Usually showing a limit raise or better (1S-2D-3D) or (1D-1S-1NT-2D, which shows limit raise or better in spades).
 

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