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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
44 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.
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A 'Bridge Center' Organization
I am not doing any such thing because the ACBL side of the data is not publically available. I would use the Zip Code of the club because there are all sorts of snowbirds who registered Zip Code probably doesn't align well with where they play.
A 'Bridge Center' Organization
> The 500th largest club in 1991 had 978 tables for the year. > Last year it took 1,065 tables to make that list. Larger clubs > seem to be staying healthy, maybe even thriving. > Smaller clubs are where the losses have been coming from. FWIW, I think that focusing on club ...
A 'Bridge Center' Organization
Couple quick comments: 1. During the ACBL BoG meeting on Sunday, Steve Moese was also talking about "Bridge Centers". As I recall, the definition that he used was different. (He was focusing on an arrangement in which multiple clubs were sharing space in the same building). What you are describing ...
San Francisco BoD meeting
> Does it tell me that club owners don't care about > helping to run the organization that they depend > on for their livelihood, maybe even their club's > very existence, or that the system is rigged > against them? I think that it is a mistake for Jeff and the like ...
San Francisco BoD meeting
> We, not just Honors, but the whole bridge community, > aren't doing more than easy pickings. I wonder what > more can be done here. Jeff, aren't you the one who is constantly saying that "If only the ACBL gave me a lot more money to spend on recruiting, I ...
ACBL and Live for Clubs
Few quick comments: 1. Having been forced to use Paypal and the like for a few sizable transactions this year I am painfully aware of the size of their fees, especially if you're doing international transactions that involve current exchange. I'd be careful on this one... 2. I ...
San Francisco BoD meeting
I'm not saying that this isn't an effective way to recruit members. However, if you are already using this technique to recruit 75% of your members that I think that your ability to significantly impact membership count using the same set of techniques is going to be limited ...
San Francisco BoD meeting
In other words, you are simply saying the exact opposite with responding to the points that I made.... Sorry for misunderstanding, I gave you a bit more credit than that.
San Francisco BoD meeting
> Find a way to mobilize our 162,000 members. If > each brought one player more than they do now > into the fold, every FOUR years, that alone would > just about double the present ACBL yearly number > of new members. One every four years. > Does that sound unrealistic? To put it ...
San Francisco BoD meeting
> I like that. A massive initiative on the part > of the ACBL. What form might that take? Please go back and read what I actually wrote and then ask yourself whether you're actually responding to it.

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