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               If your partner wishes to use one method and you use another; that does
        not matter either. I believe that bridge teachers tell us to not count distribution
        until we have found a fit because they worry that students are incapable of revaluing
        when partner bids a suit in which you have shortness (shortness is a singleton,
        doubleton or a void).
               Students who are taught to only count long suit distribution are then taught
        the Rule of 20. This is a different way of counting distribution, that’s all.
        If you have Axxx Axxx Axxx x the short suit counters have 14 points so will open
        with 1♦. Long suit counters may worry that they do not have the required 13
        points to open the bidding.
               Thus, along came the RULE of 20. If you find yourself close to an opening
        bid but feel you don’t have enough points to open, use the Rule of 20. Count your
        HCP and then add the length of the two longest suits. If this totals 20, then you
        have permission to open the bidding. (This is the same as counting distribution.)
        NOTE: You should not use the Rule of 20 to give you permission to open the
        bidding when you have a hand such as this:

             ♠Qx ♥KJx ♦QJxx ♣QJxx


               This assortment of junk will tally 20 with Rule of 20 but doubleton Queens
        or Jacks are a sorry sight and do not deserve much respect. We call Queens and
        Jacks “Quacks!” This should not be an opening bid.
               Here’s what you REALLY have to remember: The value of your hand is in
        a constant state of flux. Once partner starts bidding, your hand is like a flower: it
        either blossoms and grows or it wilts and dies.
               For example If you have a short suit in your hand and partner now names
        that suit, you are depressed. Your hand has wilted. It is NEVER good to have a
        shortage in partner’s suit. We are constantly searching for FITS, not MISFITS. If
        partner bids spades and you have a small spade singleton in your hand, subtract
        two points from your hand, even if you are a long suit counter and did not add
        any to this to start with. Your hand has gone downhill. It is devalued.
             ♠ 3
             ♥ AJ65432
             ♦ AK4
             ♣ 76
               Counting points on this hand totals 15, regardless of which method you
        are using (long suit or short suit method). This time both methods tally to the
        same number but it will often differ a bit by a few points here or there. Never
        enough to worry about at all.
               If we open with 1♥ and partner bids 1♠, this hand has now dropped in
        value and we only have 13. We should now bid 2♥ as our rebid as this is now a
        minimum hand.
               BUT - if instead partner has bid 2♥ after our 1♥ opener, then our hand now
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