We seem to have a perfect fit, so if all goes well, we have 12 tricks off the top. I don't think partner ought to have investigated slam, though, and I think this will be a normal contract. I do think, however, that he ought to have given more consideration to playing this hand in 3NT. I'd've bid Stayman and then 3NT when discovering the absence of a 5-4 heart fit.
The play seems straightforward at first, but what if a key suit is 4-1? I might actually go down in this contract! Because it is matchpoints, I don't think I can afford to think so negatively; most of the time everything will be reasonably friendly and I think I see a line that might produce 13 tricks.
I win the first trick and test hearts. Both follow,
so I draw a third round, LHO's pitching a diamond.
I try the top two clubs and that suit is friendly, too.
Now the key play: I cash one more heart pitching a
spade from hand and run the clubs. This catches LHO
in a ruffing squeeze, because she cannot guard both
I, of course, get the three-card endposition right by
This wasn't all that hard a trump squeeze to find, but they don't grow on trees. I'm glad I got to justify our choice to play the hand in hearts rather than in notrump.