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Christopher Donnelly
Christopher Donnelly
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 27, 2019
Last Seen
10 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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Christopher Donnelly's bidding problem: AKT852 A6 K AT52
With 18 points? I don’t know about you but I think a lot of strong players like to limit overcalls to a bad 17, maybe at most a good 17, and instead start with a double when they have a bigger holding than that (one exception is with a ...
Christopher Donnelly's bidding problem: AKT852 A6 K AT52
Which is the only reason there’s actually a case to be made for 3 here
Defending Against the Precision 2!d Opening
Thanks, Josh! And you’re indeed correct that this doesn’t come up a whole ton :).
Overcalling a (natural) 1!c opener when holding a real !c suit of your own
Jim—Funny story from earlier this year when F2F Bridge was still a thing. At my local club, RHO opened 1, could be as short as 2, and I had eight of them (not kidding). We ended playing and making 6. Extreme case? Obviously. But should you go ...
Gerber: Is it Even Worth It?
Gerber: Is it Even Worth It?
Yes I play Reverse Baze, exactly, Bob (and Barry) :). Just wanted to make sure I got the keycard part right :).
Gerber: Is it Even Worth It?
Barry, is it just ace-asking or is it KC asking?
Gerber: Is it Even Worth It?
Agree, Bill, but Larry C. points out (I think correctly) that you can still have all four aces and be off for making 6NT. So aces alone do not tell you whether you’re going to make a NT slam, right?
When partner opens 1NT and you are 5-5 in the majors...have a sensible system, guys
“... because my opinions are well thought out, tested for my own purposes, and I'm entitled to share them” If you read what I wrote, I never said anything that contradicted this. And fine, you’re correct that “contrarian” was the wrong word. I’ll apologize for that but otherwise ...
1NT-4!s: What is “expert standard” (if anything)?
Justin, I use 3M to show 4 in the unbid major and 0-1 in the bid Major just like you describe. I also have a 1N-2N Puppet bid that can allow responder to show (31)(45) hands, as you also mention. Lastly, I also play the 2 clubs or ...

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