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You Snooze, You Lose

A bridge hand

You are North, the declarer in 4♥. East leads the ♦K. Play the first 5 tricks.

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The Entire Deal

Gino's Suggestion and a Short Explanation

Plan to quickly discard your diamond losers on dummy's spade winners. Timing is important. Prioritize discarding over drawing the trump. Why? After winning the ♦A, playing trump first would be a mistake - You lose the imitative to defender's ♥A when your diamond losers are unprotected (having already played the ♦A).

Trick 1: ♦A

Trick 2: ♠J>>♠Q (overtaking is required without a quick transportation)

Trick 3+4: ♠AK>> ♦32 (discard the losers in diamond)

Trick 5: ♥ (now draw the trump)

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