Open two hearts. We know, we know, you have four spades. However, we refrain from opening one-bids that can't defeat a slam. Surely a two-heart bid is more descriptive than one heart or pass! There are three ways to do everything in life, and in bridge it is the same. You can be an extremist or you can take the middle, rational course. Extremists open a weak two-bid either with only the perfect hand or with anaything resembling a weak two-bid. The best approach is to use judgement and bend the rules just a little.
If you opended one heart, the next hand ventured an overcall in diamonds, and your partner eventually doubled the opponents in five diamonds. Unfortunately, the hearts were 3-0. After a two-heart opening, the next hand passed and your side stole the pot when partner jumped to four hearts (good bid with four trumps!). If you passed in first seat, you had time łto order a turkey on rye while the opponents bid unimpeded to anaything they wished.
two hearts = 10
Pass = 3
one heart = 0
Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1993, p. 5