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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
14 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)

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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Designing a better "Ecosystem"
> I will ask ACBL for a room and a time in Las Vegas > where club representatives can meet to discuss > forming a club association. "What have the Romans ever done for us?"
Venice Bridge Tournament. Harris Pairs Withdraw.
> What we can do is to put together a system to > deal with the bad guys when they show up. Better yet, we could actually put systems in place that make it orders of magnitude more difficult to cheat, that provide dramatically improved record keeping, and allow authorities to unambiguously ...
Designing a better "Ecosystem"
No Mike, bridge is dying because women are able to get jobs, because the Internet and videos are really fun, because a host of newer and in many ways better games have been developed over the past 50 years, and because the player base is so old that it actively ...
Designing a better "Ecosystem"
Based on what you and Jeff are saying, you aren't creating "bridge players". Rather you are cultivating a local customer base. Nothing wrong with that, however, I don't see much of a relationship between these efforts and and the interests of a national organization. Plain and simple, I ...
Designing a better "Ecosystem"
Perhaps running large bridge clubs with high fixed costs is no longer a viable business to be in...
A provisional Membership
I think that you have the seed of a good idea, however, I'd take this in a different direction. A few weeks back, I actually took a look at the Bulletin trying to assess whether or not it seems at all useful as a recruiting tool. Personally, I think ...
It CAN Be Done
w00t! No coke! Pepsi.
Using 2/1 as a Convention
I've seen plenty of comments from numerous top players from that era saying that the methods that they used back then are extremely dated and would not be viable in today's game. There is a reason that Orange Club isn't played any more... Moreover the reason that ...
Using 2/1 as a Convention
FWIW, many newer MOSCITO variants use both relays and a forcing raise after major suit openings. If the relays tend to deny 4+ card support for opener's major you're better positioned to double for penalty. Conversely, if we have a major suit fit, jacking up the bidding level ...
Using 2/1 as a Convention
> And still, about 50 years ago it was normal to play > 1M-3M as invitational, and 1M-2N as GF balanced > denying 4-card support. True. How much you want to bet that any World Class pair from way back when playing those sets of methods would be remotely competitive today? I'm ...

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