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First of all, open your longest suit. No exceptions. With two equally long suits, the emphasis is on the majors (they score better). So open the higher ranking of two equal length suits. The one exception to that rule is when you have precisely four hearts and four spades: it pays to open 1♥ to keep the bidding cheaper.
Exercise: Which suit would you open with these hands?
|Hand a)||Hand b)||Hand c)||Hand d)|
♠ A K Q 4
♥ K 4 3
♣ 10 9 7 3 2
♠ J 2
♥ A 9 7 4
♦ A K J 3
♣ Q 9 8
♠ Q 5 2
♥ J 9 7 4
♦ A K 5
♣ A K Q
♠ KJ 9 3 2
♥ A K J 7 2
♦ 6 3