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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
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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.

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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 as a Principal Data Scientist on the Adversarial Resilience team at Akamai, focusing on event detection, capacity planning, and Transport Layer Security.

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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)

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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
MOSCITO
BBO Username
Hrothgar
ACBL Ranking
Life Master
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I Got Coronavirus Playing Bridge
> The advice from the WHO, CDC, my medical friends > who are doctors, nurses, volunteers, and > paramedics is unanimous. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/cdc-considering-recommending-general-public-wear-face-coverings-in-public/2020/03/30/6a3e495c-7280-11ea-87da-77a8136c1a6d_story.html 'Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are considering altering the official guidance to encourage people to take measures ...
I Got Coronavirus Playing Bridge
My own belief is that a lot of the early guidance was intended to prevent individuals from hoarding masks that could (and should) have been reserved for medical professionals. An interesting example of Plato's noble lie...
World championships individual
Having played in the Keohane Individual in year's past, let me provide a different explanation of why the individuals died out: Gresham's Law.
World championships individual
I have long felt that master point awards should be tied to the degree of certainty that an event actually identified the most skilled play/pair/team
Gatlinburg regional (4/20-26/2020) is NOT cancelled
Note: Even President Trump is now warning that 200K Americans could die from Coronavirus even WITH strict social distancing measures put in place. Quoting today's NYT New infections in U.S. soar and the nation is warned that 200,000 could die. Faced with the grim prospect that 200 ...
World championships individual
I think that David's suggestion has real merit. Running some satellites in advance would allow you to increase the $$$ significantly and drum up more interest. Not sure whether there would be time to put this together in advance, but I fear that we'll have ample opportunity / need for ...
Follow up indivdual
System regs?
Is this psyche legal?
> But isn't that the point? If it is an agreement, > it must be disclosed. And if it is not > disclosed, it is an illegal agreement. Fine. Your partnership never psyches. This must be disclosed. And, if it is not disclosed, it is an illegal agreement... The basic logic is ...
Is this psyche legal?
> But the artificial part is about ♦ shortness, > not 11-15 or whatever. Here, once again, this is clearly covered in the Convention Chart which define artificial as “Artificial”: Any call that is not Natural or Quasi-Natural The definition applies to the entirety of the call, not specific elements there of
Is this psyche legal?
>> "Do you want me to alert every psych-able bid?" > The answer is YES. Traditionally, the ACBL has banned players from doing so claiming that if you have any knowledge that partner is likely to psych in a given situation that constituted an agreement. They even pulled the section from the ...
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