# Comfy Canapé

In the card game bridge, CoCa or Comfy Canapé is a conventional defense against opposing 1NT openings. When playing CoCa, over a 1NT opening of the opponents, both a double as well as a 2 overcall are conventional and establish spades and hearts, respectively as anchor suits. Higher overcalls (2//) can be either natural (single suiters), or conventional (as explained below).

The convention was published in Bridge Magazine IMP.

## CoCa overcalls

dbl = A) 4-card spades plus a longer suit, or B) 6-card spades

2 = A) 4-card hearts plus a longer suit, or B) 6-card hearts

2 = 4-4 majors

2 = 5-card plus minor suit

2 = 5-card plus minor suit

The canapé structure of the dbl/2 CoCa bids (with a rebid in another suit denoting a longer suit) is what lends the convention its name.

## Responses

Following the CoCa double, the partner of the doubler responds as follows:

(1NT) - dbl - (pass) - ??

pass = hand suitable for defense (usually denies spades)
2 = pass-or-correct bid, denies 4-card spades (doubler to pass or bid longer suit)
2 = pass-or-correct bid, denies 4-card spades, hand suitable for conversion to 3 (doubler to pass or bid longer suit)
2 = pass-or-correct bid, denies 4-card spades, hand suitable for conversion to 3/ (doubler to pass or bid longer suit)

Similar responses apply to a 2 overcall:

(1NT) - 2 - (pass) - ??

Pass = to play
2 = pass-or-correct bid, denies 4-card hearts (doubler to pass or bid longer suit)
2 = heart fit
2 = to play