Bridge & other card games/bridge
Declarer played an ace of spades over her partners king in error. She returned the card to her hand and stated "Declarer is allowed to pick up her card and play a lower spade with no penalty." Declarer had taken her hand off the ace that was played before picking it up. Is this a legal play?
A card is considered to be played by declarer if it is held face up and touching or nearly touching the table. If the card was on the table and declarer had taken her hand off it then there is no question that the card had been played and it cannot be retracted.