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Christopher Donnelly
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Member Since
July 27, 2019
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3 hours ago
Member Type
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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.    

Country
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
cpd1985
ACBL Ranking
Non Life Master
Chris Donnelly’s Favorite 2/1 Card
2/1 Game Forcing
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Full SAYC
Full, Unmodified SAYC
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Chris Donnelly and Ethan Wood 2/1
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“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
Louis—Another fun one is when you see (rarely, but it happens) a support double get left in for penalty. Sadly, I was the victim of that one time :(.
“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
I didn’t realize, too, that it is actually alertable if you play it for penalty.
“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
I don’t know anyone who actually has that agreement but funny enough, my pick-up partner in one of those ACBL Support Your Club tourneys they had on BBO a couple of weeks back left in this negative double that I made over my RHO’s 1 overcall (after ...
“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
Debbie, if you don’t mind my asking—is my assertion about 1N-2N being commonly used as a transfer to s accurate or is that an exaggeration? I did double-check the part about it being 2017 BWS (that is true) but it also strikes me as far from unusual for ...
“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
Also, a decent number of experts play 1N-2N as a transfer to s, Cornelia, reserving 2 as a multi-purpose range ask or transfer to s. You may not like that but there’s no denying a lot of experts play it and that it is Bridge World Standard.
“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
David...I don’t totally understand this. What is wrong with: Exclusion when actually holding a void. Pass when RHO opens 1NT. A rebid of 1♠ after 1m-1♥ playing with a client. (Wouldn’t do it, say, 4333 but never?) 2NT opening with 21 HCP and 20-21 marked on the ...
“Virtually Every Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
I think Bart is still Bridge World Standard as of the latest (2017) iteration...for what that is worth.
“Virtually Every Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
Thanks, Adam! Very excellent list. As a newer player, I do and not play: Transfers after 1M (X) No Transfers over 1♣ openings No Some modified version of Jacoby 2NT Yes A modified version of Puppet Stayman over 1NT No (1NT-3 regular puppet but that is it) Transfer lebensohl ...
“Virtually Every Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
Was hesitant to put that one on there for exactly the reason you stated. I thus didn’t hesitate to edit it out. Thanks for catching that one :).
“Virtually Every Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
Richard- Fair point but I think my post is somewhat illuminating in that it is hard to find treatments falling into the category you mention that are, at the same time, played by almost ALL expert pairs. In other words, the “common denominator” seems to be lower than one might ...
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