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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Basic Information

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.


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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In the Well: Russ Jones
Are there any policies enacted by any of the last few Presidents that you plan to carry over and continue to support? Conversely, which of your own policies can be completed in the next 10 months? At a higher level, I confess to having some confusion how a President serving ...
Cheating Polls & What is Upcoming
Personally, I put my faith in processes, not individuals. I think that its foolish to put much faith into an institution because I like / dislike the individuals who are running thing. Rather, I am going to judge the system by the processes that it creates. Moreover, I consider any process ...
Leveling the playing field for newer players?
Mathe is one of the worst imaginable defenses: 1. The double significantly increases the bidding space that the opponents have available. You've also provides two cue bids, and a forcing pass 2. 1N at least has the benefit of eating some bidding space, but here once again, you are ...
Dutch Spiral
Seems elegant and well considered
What is a ‘convention’?
The following is probably a degenerate case however, its hard to imagine that a direct seat double of a 7NT opening could ever be construed as anything other than penalty.
Leveling the playing field for newer players?
I'll echo an earlier comment. Point them at or, better yet, teach them to use google.
Leveling the playing field for newer players?
> I checked with ACBL and they said those booklets > did, in fact, exist You are, of course, aware that the good folks at Horn Lake often get things very very wrong...
Leveling the playing field for newer players?
Arguably, one key element of bridge is evaluating when its worth while to adopt a conventional defense and when its better just to play something natural. Encouraging players to lean on crutches really isn't going to do them much good improving their game.
Leveling the playing field for newer players?
While I am familiar with the various sordid attempts that the ACBL made to create a defensive database, I don't think that it ever included defenses to either a strong club opening or a Precision style 1 opening. I suspect that you might be confusing some pamphlets that ...
What is a ‘convention’?
1. a structure carrying a road, path, railroad, or canal across a river, ravine, road, railroad, or other obstacle. "a bridge across the river" synonyms: viaduct, aqueduct, flyover, overpass; way over "a bridge over the river" something that is intended to reconcile or form a connection between two things. "a ...

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