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In the game of Bridge, if the declarer touches a dummy card ...

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In the game of Bridge, if the declarer touches a dummy card but then decides not to play must he play it? That i, should i touch a card signifying i might play it but don't do i have to play it if it is not a renege.
Submitted: 10 years ago.
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Expert:  The Scribbler replied 10 years ago.
If the declarer touches a dummy card it is considered played... and must be played. The touching of the card is all it takes.

"...Played Card. The declarer plays a card from his own hand when he places it on the table or when it is named as an intended play. When
the declarer touches a card in the dummy hand, it is considered played (except when he is merely arranging the dummies cards). Alternatively,
the declarer may name a card in the dummy and such a card must be played. A defender plays a card when he exposes it so that the other defender can see its face. A card once played may not be withdrawn, except to correct a revoke or other irregularity."

That is the rule enforced in the party bridge and duplicate bridge venues I have played in over the years as well.
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