Blofeld, on Sep 12 2005, 09:33 AM, said:

If so, I imagine that 5440 hands rank highly because it's likely that there are big fits all over the place. But your preemptive methods need to be able to locate the right fit. Unless you're checking the probability that we have a sacrifice

*in our longest suit*?

It's interesting data, but if you have enough time, I'd really like to know precisely what it represents.

You are right that the data has no indication of how easy it is to find our best fit. This is just to give an indication of which hands are the kinds that are likely to produce sacrifices. But I don't think finding a sacrifice in our longest suit is really the right way to go. After all if you specify a preemptive opening that is specifically a 5440 hand, you are much more likely to find a fit very easily. So I guess it's data that suggests how you should design your preempt structure.