Here are two slam deals that basically decided the match in team Vishnevsky’s favor. Unfortunately I don’t have my teammate’s scientific Viking sequence available that led to an odds on 7. This was the full deal:
As you can see the 4-1 trump break and the 5-1 split was too much to overcome. You run into communication problems after two rounds of trumps. West at the other table used some new minor forcing sequence and later brusquely jumped to 6. That was a whopping 29 imp swing.
The levee was about to break. Here’s the other one, a lead problem.
2. Good hand & good suit
What red suit? The tiny sequence in made the decision for me at the table. Well, that was another minus 15.
Declarer drew trump and claimed thirteen tricks. At the other table the exact same sequence, but South led a . Post mortem I think I should have found the lead. That would only be wrong if it would set up declarer’s Queen as twelfth trick, with no other way of getting to twelve tricks. My bad.