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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
42 minutes ago
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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Board of Governors - Live video stream
First and foremost: I am very glad that the ACBL made the decision to broadcast this event. This improvement in transparency is very much appreciated Second: Big shout out to Rich DeMartino who did a really great job representing my views and those of my friends with respect to the ...
ACBL Tests Online NABC Event
FWIW, it looks as if there are about 2600 people registered for the tournament. This is significantly more than I had expected (~1,500) Looks like I am off to a particularly odious start.
Open Toronto Discussion Thread
Traditionally, the big annoyance with Billy Bishop airport was the ferry. Mistime things and this could add an extra 20-25 minutes trying to get across a tiny bit of water. I heard rumors they were planning a bridge or some such...
Jim Munday Wins Another BBO Individual Practice Session!
I am also a big fan of Jack, especially because it plays something approximating MOSCITO
Legal, Illegal, Alert Needed or announce
The big issue playing Roman Club wasn't the three card major openings, but rather the Herbert Negatives...
Legal, Illegal, Alert Needed or announce
@ joe "It's totally destructive. That's the whole point of such a method. And that's verboten." The expression "destructive" has its roots in propaganda, not the regulatory structure. For all intents and purposes it means "Stuff that you play that I do not" Best thing that we can ...
Legal, Illegal, Alert Needed or announce
@Linda "The convention chart regulates conventions but also defines what isn't a convention by reference to what's not a convention (i.e., natural)." There are plenty of bids that are natural and conventional. The two are most definitely NOT mutually exclusive.
Open Toronto Discussion Thread
Few other thoughts: On the restaurant front, "Lee" has long been a personal favorite. If you want to try something silly, I strongly recommend (Think darts for hipsters) The Aga Khan museum is well worth a visit if you like Islamic art (Best exhibits that I have ...
NABC Online Update - Awards significantly increased!
@john The reason that I used 1000 in the original sim was that Chris was stating that having a flight with 1000 would not have a significant impact on security. Here's what I end up with with 2500 competing in one large flight You will compare one or more ...
NABC Online Update - Awards significantly increased!
FWIW, I ran a quick simulation to see just how often you'd end up comparing boards against the same pairs. Given a 96 round tournament with 18 results being compared each round, it looks as if You will compare one or more boards with ~80% of the players participating ...

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