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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
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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.

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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.

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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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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
MOSCITO
BBO Username
Hrothgar
ACBL Ranking
Life Master
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Video Introduction of Bridge for School Administrators
I'd suggest starting with whomever it was that told you that "Try Bridge" isn't doing as well as was hoped. Unless, of course, you don't believe that they are a credible source of information...
Video Introduction of Bridge for School Administrators
> "Try Bridge" is not getting the hits they hoped for. Can you provide any more specific information about this? 1. What is the ACBL measuring ? 2. Are they simply measuring hits, or are their engagement / yield metrics? 3. How do they define success / failure ?
Ruling on opening 1NT with small singleton (ACBL)
I seem to recall that a statement in ACBL land that read (approximately) "Players are expected to be prepared to compete against the majority of systems and conventions that they might encounter" Bridge was viewed as a game of skill Players were expected to treat it as such Players who ...
Crowd-Sourcing the ACBL's February 2020 It's Your Call contest
Fair enough (And I am most certainly not a lawyer)
Crowd-Sourcing the ACBL's February 2020 It's Your Call contest
I'm not sure about that... I agree that many types of records can not be copyrighted. (Sports scores or player statistics being a prototypical example). I'm not sure whether this would extend to include bridge hands that were specifically curated to illustrate a theme or pose a specific ...
Crowd-Sourcing the ACBL's February 2020 It's Your Call contest
This does feel like copyright infringement
Implicit private understanding?
Understood I was simply trying to suggest that the reason that the alert status might not have been clear is that such a bid might not have been legal
Implicit private understanding?
Historically, a forcing NT response that promised game forcing values was banned (I believe that this was an attempt to ban Breakthrough Club) From the looks of things, this rule has been removed at the level of Basic+ and above
Video Introduction of Bridge for School Administrators
> It would be great to get more data on the benefits of bridge for kids. Here's one thought: I can think of half a dozen or so techniques that get taught in Honors math classes here in the US that are directly applicable to how one analyzes different questions ...
Implicit private understanding?
> And does playing at your highest possible level include psyching? You repeatedly try to frame this discussion as if it is a question of skill / "winning". I think that I understand why. This is a passive aggressive way for you to make disparaging comments regarding the bridge skill of people ...
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