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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
51 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.
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Alex Perlin Wins Second BBO Robot Championship
I believe that if you drop out midway or either the tournament or a round, the rest of your boards are scored as zeros.
Alex Perlin Wins Second BBO Robot Championship
Is Bridge "Dying" or are the demographics simply changing?
Back when I was a graduate student, I was assigned to teach Introduction to Probability and Statistics one semester. The overwhelming majority of my examples involved craps, blackjack, or poker. There were complaints from parents. I was put back on Introduction to Microeconomics the next semester. Games of chance provide ...
Is Bridge "Dying" or are the demographics simply changing?
>Strange isn’t it that many schools have chess clubs but no bridge clubs. Not at all >I wonder why Hysteresis and the "Devil's Picture Books"
Is Bridge "Dying" or are the demographics simply changing?
When do those individuals learn other trick taking games like Hearts, Spades, or Euchre?
1NT announcement when you upgrade for length?
Actually, Jeff, I think that you might need to re-read the regulations. If I disclose that I am playing a 15-17 HCP NT and chose to open 1N on an 8 count every now and again this is NOT evidence that I the range of my NT opening is 10 ...
Is Bridge "Dying" or are the demographics simply changing?
I suspect that the really big issue is that there is a significant difference between "good for the ACBL" and "good for the game of bridge". I'd argue that the two most important developments in bridge in the last 30 years were 1. Matt Clegg developing a GUI for ...
Is Bridge "Dying" or are the demographics simply changing?
> found it interesting you took cards to teach them to > play you didn't all 4 have tablets? We all had tablets, laptops, and the like. We didn't have reliable Wi Fi for much of the trip. (We didn't have electricity for one of those night, which was ...
Is Bridge "Dying" or are the demographics simply changing?
> Clubs disappear so does ACBL and USBF they rely > on membership we bring to game and they really > rely on monthly dues. > Where would you advertise your tournaments? > Do you think pros can survive only playing WBF > events they need NABC. I believe that there is going to be a ...
Is Bridge "Dying" or are the demographics simply changing?
> You are one who has a million ideas but don't risk > one penny of your own easy to talk hard to put up! > Tell me what have you personally done to grow bridge? Most recently, I just got back from a ten day trip to Morocco with three friends ...

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