Mike Cappelletti of Alexandria VA died Nov. 14 after a brief illness. An ACBL Grand Life Master with more than 24,000 masterpoints and best known to many players for the conventional defense to 1NT that bears his name, Cappelletti was a two-time NABC champion: the 1967 Master Mixed Teams (now the Freeman Mixed Board-a-Match Teams) and the 2013 Leventritt Silver Ribbon Pairs. He had seven second-place finishes in national-level contests.
Cappelletti placed third in the World Mixed Teams in 1974 and sixth in the World Open Pairs 1978.
In volunteer capacities, Cappelletti served on the ACBL Board of Governors and the National Appeals Committee. He is a past president of the Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference and the Washington Bridge League.
Cappelletti was also a world-class poker player, and was especially knowledgeable about the variant called Omaha poker. He was a columnist for The Card Player magazine for many years.
A full obituary will appear in the January issue of the Bridge Bulletin.