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Christopher Donnelly
Christopher Donnelly
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Member Since
July 27
Last Seen
6 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. 

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
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Non Life Master
Chris Donnelly and Laura Sjoberg 2/1
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Chris Donnelly and Juan Cuervo 2/1
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Chris Donnelly’s Favorite 2/1 Card
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Chris Donnelly and Peter G. (BBO)
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Christopher and Mom 2/1
Basic 2/1 Game Forcing
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Is this X takeout or penalty?
I tend to agree the initial pass should have a ~14 upper limit but what would you have done in my position after the 1 opening bid by LHO? A weird hand to be sure.
Is this X takeout or penalty?
FWIW, here is the full deal. Turns out partner and I had a 9-card fit in s, albeit with a 4-0 trump split. Nonetheless, I agree that I should have converted 2 to 2, as 2 by us does indeed make.
What does (1!C) 1!D (1!H) x show?
Thanks for the clarification. Much appreciated!
What does (1!C) 1!D (1!H) x show?
Michael, if you have read my posts you know I am relatively new to this game. What would qualify as a hand w/ 5 s that is “too strong” to bid 1? I was under the impression that such a bid (by an unpassed hand, at least) doesn’t ...
X In Competitive Auction
The title is a little redundant. Believe me, there are times in uncompetitive auctions that I very much wish that I could double my partner’s bid, as I will have support or tolerance for every suit except the one he bid...but alas, I cannot. Last I checked, X ...
What's this X? (I believe I know the answer, but conflicting claims have been made).
Mike, do you suggest someone bids 1 with just four of them then? Seems like a bad idea to me, but you’ve been at this game a lot longer than I have so was curious to hear your view.
District 8 Georgia Heth Elected ACBL President
As a political science professor, I’ll be the one to offer the lame joke: Was there a recount? More seriously, thank you for the update and congratulations to Ms. Heth on her win and to Mr. Cuneo on what was evidently a valiant effort.
A 1!d response to a 1!c opening by partner...
Fair point. I was asking for opinions. Everyone on here seems to have one ;-).
Question for Accountants (of benefit to Pros)
See above.
Question for Accountants (of benefit to Pros)
Comment edited to reflect the fact that I actually have decided it best that I not engage in what are indeed political arguments on BW.

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