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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
9 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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New Convention Charts: Artificial? 2 Level Responses
MIT had an anything goes policy before the charts changed. Haven't played there since the change over, but have no reason to suppose anything is different
New Convention Charts: Artificial? 2 Level Responses
> A number of readers responded with hurrahs for the new clarity. > Yet, even now there is considerable misunderstanding, > despite Bridge Bulletin articles. People are ALWAYS going to be confused about the rules. This is part and parcel of the game. There's no point going around clutching at your pearls ...
New Convention Charts: Artificial? 2 Level Responses
> Are we good now if a 2♣ response has at least 3 clubs? That is consistent with my reading of the chart
Do bridge paradoxes exist?
> I think the OP as well as the fascinating reply by Michael > Askgaard are related, not to mixed strategies, but rather > to the question of transitivity in the dominance of some > choices over others. potyato patahto Mixed strategies occur when you have a non transitivity. If you structure rational choice ...
Do bridge paradoxes exist?
I am surprised no one has brought up restricted choice which is a classic example of a mixed strategy...
What accomplishment earned this letter
> There must be a way to separate out the individual > strengths of the partners, especially when one is a pro. There most certainly are... However, being able accurate rank partnerships is much easier and the first step that should be taken. Once this is done, its worth considering ways to ...
For the Relay Nerds
Controls, with base at +3
Maurizio Di Sacco interview - topics: LoveBridge (tablet bridge) and cheating
> that he/she literally "cannot believe" that there are people > who want to play with actual cards in their hands. I believe that the original comment was somewhat more nuanced... I think that Eric accepts that there are people who prefer to play the game using cards. However, he doesn ...
Maurizio Di Sacco interview - topics: LoveBridge (tablet bridge) and cheating
> There are many players -- including world-class experts -- > who want to continue handling the "bits of cardboard." Yeap. They also really wanted to be allowed to smoke during events. And then, of course, there were all the people who were going to quite because we started to use bidding boxes. And ...

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