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


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)

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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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A New Ethics?
Did anyone say "Oh Shit?"? As I recall, this has some bearing on how these things are decided...
A Third Bidding Approach
One level opening bids are much more valuable than two level opening bids, hence folks don't waste them on edge cases...
A Third Bidding Approach
Then you need to explain your taxonomy better
A Third Bidding Approach
I think that your findings can be explained by three things: First: You are restricting your analysis to one level opening bids.. Second: You are basing your definitions solely on whether or not the opening bid shows two or three bands... I think that many systems make this differentiation later ...
Toronto hotels within walking distance of NABC?
I've found myself wandering downtown Toronto in the wee hours of the morning in the general vicinity of the convention center. Never felt remotely concerned for my safety.
Is this a psyche?
I do not find the AKQJ of Hearts example compelling. I think that most people accept that 5 card majors is a statement of tendency rather than an absolute promise. In contrast, the opening in question is specifically described as denying a side suit A or K. This is a ...
Is this a psyche?
John, you are completely correct that no one would have complained if the 3N opener held a Queen. That is because they did not specifically state that their opening denies a Queen...
Is this a psyche?
The partnership in question is using 3NT as an artificial opening. The partnership appears to have an agreement that 3NT denies an outside A/K Opener violated said agreement Under disallowed, item 2 states: "2. Psyching of artificial or conventional opening bids " Not sure why there is debate about this...
Bridge in Switzerland
Tim Goodwin and I are looking for team mates in Iceland in January... Good luck with the move... What's the occasion?
ACBL (poor) response on conflicting alert rules
In a shocking development, someone discovers that is run by idiots. In other news, the sun rose this morning...

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