Ace = 4 points
King = 3 points
Queen = 2 points
Jack = 1 point
This hand has 11 high card points
11 High card points would not normally be considered enough to open the bidding, but using the rule of 20 you add your points (11) and the length of your two longest suits (5+4) to give you a total of 20 points. Open 1♠.
The ‘Rule of 20’ is a helpful way to decide whether or not to open with a borderline hand. It takes distribution into account in a more accurate way than ‘adding points’ for length.
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