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Why a balancing 1NT should be any different from direct NT overcall?

Hi all,

 

Recently was talking with my new partner about balancing NT after 1x-p-p.. Usually it's something like 10-14/11-15 etc. 

My partner asked why a balancing 1NT should be any different from direct NT overcall. I had some ideas but couldn't be sure.  One of the things I mentioned that If I had a strong hand I would double and you could leave the double on with some points (8+?). And if I don't have  a strong hand i could overcall or pass, and if I am not too strong or balanced i could just bid 1NT. So I could explain most of my hands with that, although we bid 2NT with 19-20 instead of double, not sure why. So what are the advantages of this? why do we play like this?.

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