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Christopher Donnelly
Christopher Donnelly
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 27, 2019
Last Seen
25 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

My name is Chris Donnelly.  


While I only started playing Bridge in early 2019, I quickly fell in love with the game and have begun to devote a great deal of time to studying it and playing it as much as I can. 


So far, I have benefited from the guidance of several mentors.  The ones I work with most often are Sylvia Shi, Cornelius Duffie, and Ethan Wood, all of whom are younger in age than I am (I am 34 years old) but know way more than I do ;). 


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
Martin Lindfors
Favorite Conventions
Support doubles and redoubles; the Weak 2D opener; the 2S range ask (or Club transfer) after partner’s 1NT opening; Larry Cohen’s modified version of Jacoby 2NT
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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Does Responding 2!c to 1!s on a 3=4=4=2 Shape Require an Alert?
Chris, you’re correct. I’d respond 2 and so it should really be possibly as few as 1.
Defending Against the Precision 2!d Opening
Josh, I also notice on your profile that the Weak 2 is one of your favorite conventions. I take it, then, that if you had your way, you wouldn’t play any sort of conventional 2 opener other than the weak 2? :)
Parrish Convention or Spaderight after 2!H Bust
I do play Birthright. Fair point, Adam. I did want to ask you by the way about your new convention: Do you worry at all about wrong-siding a potential NT contract or is that not really an issue due to opener likely wanting to play in a suit contract?
Parrish Convention or Spaderight after 2!H Bust
Just play cheapest minor and none of this is a problem! ;)
Preferred Method (if Any) for Showing “Bust Hand” After Partner’s Strong 2!c Opening
I may have mentioned that one of my club partners and I had the following response set: 2 = 0 Controls 2 = 0 Aces, 1 King 2 Control Responses (2) 2 = 0 Aces, 2 Kings 2NT = 1 Ace, 0 Kings 3 Control Responses (2) 3 = 0 Aces ...
Why SAYC is so Bad (and we know it is!)
Lol! I love you, Amy! ;) I used to play that carding, it’s not terrible at all. My reasoning was it was easy to switch to upside down attitude but a pain in the you know what to try to switch to UD count. But then everyone I played w ...
Preferred Method (if Any) for Showing “Bust Hand” After Partner’s Strong 2!c Opening
I get what you’re saying. The “working assumption” should be a bust hand but it might not be. As a general matter, I agree with that.
Why SAYC is so Bad (and we know it is!)
Lol sorry Amy now I think I got overly defensive. I think I felt bad though because you so nicely defended me last week on a diff thread, I hated the idea of actually stepping on your toes! :)
Why SAYC is so Bad (and we know it is!)
Adam—I have read you now in several BW venues discuss how you’re admittedly an outlier in that you’re obviously a strong, devoted, and serious player who competes at high levels but plays some variety of SA. I guess what I am curious about is what your reasoning ...
Why SAYC is so Bad (and we know it is!)
This one Henry

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