These distributions are the bane of
ACOL & SAYC because they do not sit easily
into the regular provided bidding methods. They cause 'lies' to be made
(or distortions in the projected distribution if you prefer). Some ACOL
tournament players do wisely use 2D to show 3-suited hands.
They do not fit comfortably as in reality they are truly in a class of
their own, neither balanced or unbalanced: as Beta ACOL prefers to describe
Indeed they can easily end playing NT or suit games and sequences need to explore this duality.
These exceptional hands with good fits can produce slams - so again good explorative sequences are required.
In Beta ACOL we try do give them attention:
- To avoid much of the ambiguity they would wreak on regular sequences
- To exploit their very special characteristics to the limit
Many argue its not worth the bother as their overall frequency of
occurrence is just 2.993% & 1.243% respectively - a total of only
But as you see from earlier arguments, potential benefits from their segregation are more far reaching.
They have a spectacular probability of producing a fit:
Single fit: 80.3%
Double fit: 18.5%
Single fit: 88.3%
Double fit: 20%
Certain of these hands can be included:
Also a 3 card minor it should
be headed by a minimum of either A or K or Q to open 1N.
Single fit : 82%
Double fit: 19%
From these figures clearly 5431 hands are worthy of inclusion.
Beta's aids for -suited discovery:
- 4-4 in Majors is opened 1H
- If opponents open in the shortage our Multi 1NT o'call can be used to show the remaining 3 suits