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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
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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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ACBL Ranking
Life Master
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More about psychs - and maybe a solution that could make everyone happy
Having third/fourth seat seat openers that are significantly lighter than one's first and second seat openers is not the same as a psyche.
More about psychs - and maybe a solution that could make everyone happy
> Even if it did, it isn't often that a play of the cards > would make a clear statement about suit length or > honour strength anyway. Agreed. That would only come up if you're signaling Count or Attitude or something silly like that.
More about psychs - and maybe a solution that could make everyone happy
> I disagree with your 1st argument. You don't need to > know about suitable hands that no psych was made. Really might want to go off and think about this one some more...
More about psychs - and maybe a solution that could make everyone happy
> And I still have yet to see any constructive suggestions > other than my own (such as they are) related to the idea > in the original post, nor have I seen any well reasoned > arguments as to why the ACBL should not attempt to > enforce the particular aspect of the laws ...
More about psychs - and maybe a solution that could make everyone happy
> If that is not possible, then how about, at minimum, > reasoned arguments as to why the Bridge Law in question > should be left largely un-enforced, as seems to be the > case currently. I would argue the following It is the responsibility of pairs playing the game to be aware that ...
Our game is under threat
Silly question: Does the CAS recognize anything equivalent to double jeopardy? If not, would it be worth while to beef up the presentation and relitigate the original charges?
More about psychs - and maybe a solution that could make everyone happy
> have an automated method of tracking psych > frequency without involving a recorder In order to properly track the frequency of psyches you need to track both 1. The hands where partner psyched 2. Suitable hands where partner did not psyche If you only track half of this information it severely ...
Share your favorite bidding system highlights
Define "better players" You can get the convention cards used in the BB, Vanderbilt, US Team trials, and the like for the last decade+. Back in the day, folks on the BBF forums would produce summary tables regarding what was being played in each major event. Lot easier to start ...
Please Rank your Top 3 Favorite systems played by you
MOSCITO By which I mean (in first / second seat) System core Light and limited 4 card major openings with a majors first style Frequent use of relays throughout the system Strong club Unbalanced real diamond opening 6+ card opening in Clubs Transfer openings in // Weak NT Preempts ...
Share your favorite bidding system highlights
I really think that these polls are problematic. Might be better to ask folks to post a 1-2 paragraph description of the basic principles of system design that they prefer to emphasize.

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