At the local bridge club in Memphis, one pair bid and made 4♥ in a 3-3 fit. I blogged about it last August and you can read what I wrote here.
I played at the club last night and I'm glad I did. It happened again! Well, sort of. After a bidding accident, North-South played 4♥ in a 4-2 fit (hands rotated and low cards approximate where immaterial):
♠ Q 8 6 2
♥ A 6
♦ 9 8 6 5 3
♣ K 6
♠ 10 7 3 ♠ 9 5 4
♥ 8 5 2 ♥ J 9 4 3
♦ A J 10 7 4 ♦ Q
♣ J 2 ♣ A 10 7 5 4
♠ A K J
♥ K Q 10 7
♦ K 2
♣ Q 9 8 3
South opened 1♣, West made a light overcall of 1♦. North made a negative double, and, after a pass by East, South bid 4♥. North squirmed for a while, but could think of no way to escape, so passed. Good thing or we wouldn't have a story. When in doubt, go for the story -- bloggers appreciate having something to write about.
West led a low heart which was won by declarer's ♥10 -- one problem solved. He advanced the ♣3 to the king and ace. East led back the ♦Q. Declarer did not cover and West chose not to overtake and return one to East for a ruff. Hey, this is a 4-2 fit and you will normally need some luck to make it, right? I'm just sayin'.
East exited with a heart to dummy's ace. Declarer led a spade to his hand to draw the remaining trumps. Now he played the ♠K and the ♠J to dummy's queen. When that suit divided 3-3, he cashed the fourth spade and discarded his losing ♦K. He led a club from dummy. At this point he had West's hand counted and knew she had started with two clubs. He thought for a while (East might have split her honors with a holding that included the ♣10 9), and played the queen, dropping the jack. He led the ♣9 to the 10, and won trick 13 with his 8.
That was 10 tricks via four spades, four hearts, and two clubs. Plus 620 was worth 5 on a 7 top (two pairs made more in 3NT).
A 4-3 fit? Hah! Anybody can do that. It takes a real hero to play a 4-2 fit and make game.
I've played thousands of bridge deals over the years. Nearly every time I play, however, I see something new. What an amazing game!