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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
Aug. 10
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

My academic background is as a mathematical economist, focusing on game theory and mechanism design. I have a Masters in Economics from Indiana University and dual Masters in Management and Engineering from MIT.


For the last 20 years I have pretty much lived at the intersection of TCP/IP networking and mathematical modeling. I spent my first 10 years out of school working for various networking companies. For the last 10 years I have split my time between the MathWorks where I was the manager for MATLAB's statistics system and Akamai Technologies. I currently work with the Adversarial Resilience team at Akamai, focusing on event detection, capacity planning, and Transport Layer Security.


I don't have many real achievements in the world of bridge, though I am fairly well know on BBO (and earlier on OKB). Bridgewise, I am probably most proud of my MOSCITO notes (which I really need to finish one of these days)

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Making 2HX vulnerable in a 3-3 fit after psyching during a "Montreal Relay" sequence and getting an aggressive raise from partner.
Favorite Conventions
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Best bidding after 1!C strong opening
It seems inconsistent to be attacking control showing responses because > you will constantly find yourself at the 3-level with no > idea whether you have a fit and if so where it is while lauding > the cornerstone of RM Precision is the 1H response. > The most common positive hand Responder will ...
Best bidding after 1!C strong opening
My preferred strcuture uses 2N+ for various "weird" Game forcing hands 1 for double negatives 1 for most GF hands The rest for semi positives ( This is for much that same reason that you describe...
Best bidding after 1!C strong opening
My impression is that most every response scheme out there immediately differentiates between either 1. A positive response and a negative response 2. A positive, a semi positive, and a negative response Some response structures also clarify controls as part of showing a positive / semi positive, however, these seem to ...
Ethymology of "canapé" in Bridge?
Thanks for posting this. I had never heard anything like this before...
Ethymology of "canapé" in Bridge?
Once again, there are plenty of people who go around maliciously editint widipedia entries for kicks and giggles...
Has anyone made any software that creates a convention card from the hands a pair has played?
When I have proposed such methods in the past, it has typically been in the context of disclosure between computer programs or from a computer to a human. In these sorts of cases you have the option of just having the computer generate 10K hands
Has anyone made any software that creates a convention card from the hands a pair has played?
If folks wanted to try to create some visualizations and the like, I'd be happy to contribute to such a project though it probably would need to wait until I get back from Ethiopia (Won't have a real computer for a couple more weeks)
Has anyone made any software that creates a convention card from the hands a pair has played?
At least from my perspective, none of these look remotely like the others. 1. If I am trying to provide the opponent's with a short overview of my system for the start of a round it would be a short text summary which might look very much like current ...
Ethymology of "canapé" in Bridge?
I have always heard the former explanation Note that there's a lot of folks who maliciously edit wikipedia entries
Has anyone made any software that creates a convention card from the hands a pair has played?
Serious question here: What does "convention card" mean here? You use the expression "Full Disclosure Convention card" which suggests that you're looking for some kind of text string. However, it's far from clear to me that this is what one actually wants. It's much more likely that ...

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