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 2
to show 3-suited hands BUT we don't!
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 equally well end up playing in NT's or suit contracts and so this duality needs to be explored.
These exceptional hands with double fits and the shortage is useful can
even produce slams - so again good explorative sequences are required.
Beta's Openings with 3-suited hands:
With a 5 card Major or Diamonds bid it!
With 4-4 in the majors bid 1
With a 4 card Major and a Major shortage open 1
With a minor shortage 1
is the only possible opening but the rebid can be troublesome!
If a Major fit is exposed then all's well, if
But one may have to rebid 1N with a singleton lurking in possibly
partner's 6 card Major which he now rebids and you may have to
Or on your 1N rebid partner inquires
if one has an undisclosed heart or spade suit you can now bid
it safely. E.g. 1
-2Ma or 1
the former case partner may he may again rebid his 6 card Major and
have to play with a 6-1 fit ...
Or finally partner leaves you in a 1NT with an unexpected singleton...
Many argue its not worth the bother as their overall frequency of
occurrence is just 2.993% & 1.243% respectively - a total of only
Partner may have 4
's and you end up in a 2
possibly even in a fit!
all the foregoing gloom 3 suiters have a spectacular probability
of producing a 4-4 fit or even a double fit! Probabilities:
Single fit: 80.3%
Double fit: 18.5%
Single fit: 88.3%
Double fit: 20%
If opponents open in our shortage our Multi 1NT o'call can be used
show the remaining 3 suits but only if 16+HCP - shown with a 2N rebid -
then partner can choose any of the 3 suits to play in or even in
NT's. However we have no special sequences set aside for 4441 hands due to their low frequency of occurence.
that Beta's style of Protection bidding provides choices
with 1N, *, 2suit to give an excellent description.