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Christopher Donnelly
Christopher Donnelly
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Member Since
July 27, 2019
Last Seen
2 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

My name is Chris Donnelly and I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.I only started playing Bridge in early 2019, so am pretty new to the game but absolutely love it, have begun to devote a good deal of time to it when I am not busy with my political science duties, and try to study and play as much as I can. 

The Bridge teacher/mentor with whom I work primarily is Juan Felipe Cuervo, from whom I have learned and continue to learn a great deal about the game.  I also take regular lessons from Finn Kolesnik, Harrison Luba, and Ethan Wood, all of whom are junior players half my age or younger but who (along with Juan) know exponentially more than I do about this game (lol!).

By way of my formal educational background, I received a B.A. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 2008, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California-Davis in 2015 and 2017, respectively.    

United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Not a whole lot at this point, too new to the game!
Regular Bridge Partners
Juan Felipe Cuervo and Ethan Wood. But also looking to find a regular partner who is at (rather than above) my own level.
Favorite Conventions
Support doubles
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Non Life Master
Chris Donnelly’s Favorite 2/1 Card
2/1 Game Forcing
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Full, Unmodified SAYC
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Chris Donnelly and Ethan Wood 2/1
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1M-3M: How Do You Play It?
Kit, if you don’t my asking, then, how might a “typical” hand with which you’d make a double raise to 3M differ from one with which you’d make a single-raise to 2M?
DONT vs. Meckwell
And yes I have come to realize this is just Mike’s sense of humor :).
DONT vs. Meckwell
LOL! Definitely not saying that :).
DONT vs. Meckwell
Mike, while I appreciate your defending me, I do feel like the “league” comment was not called for. I don’t want to make personal jabs at people here. Ray, regarding your question, I will say that I think most of the other issues involving how to treat two-suited bids ...
DONT vs. Meckwell
I agree that my providing the specifics of how I play these distracts from the point but there was peer pressure, Mike! ;)
DONT vs. Meckwell
DONT vs. Meckwell
Either way, I have fixed the OP to be more thorough in describing how I conceptualize these two conventions. By the way, Ray, did you notice I didn’t even append a poll to this post?! ;)
DONT vs. Meckwell
Barry, I play Woolsey/Multi-Landy (I think I understand the difference, which is whether the X is a 5+m and 4M as w/ Woolsey or penalty as with Multi-Landy) with some partners (usually retaining the Woolsey double against strong, but making it penalty against weak) and quite like it ...
1M-3M: How Do You Play It?
That being said, I do see the point about needing to consider the meanings of bids within the context of one’s whole system and not “one bid at a time,” as Ray puts it. That’s a fair point and one I will keep in mind.
1M-3M: How Do You Play It?
Case in point is this thread itself. I don’t have any plans to discontinue using a double jump in partner’s 1M opening as a four-piece limit raise, even though a weak raise is the clear “winner.” Another would be the 1-2 bid I polled. I don ...

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