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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
an hour 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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Defending a “psych”
Said ACBL National Tournament Director was pulling stuff out of his butt. The relevant section of the old convention chart is the following line under Allowed: ARTIFICIAL AND CONVENTIONAL CALLS after strong (15+ HCP), forcing opening bids and after opening bids of two clubs or higher. (For this classification, by ...
Defending a “psych”
What do you mean when you say "something I’d like to prevent from happening again"? I really hope that you mean that partner and I need to improve our constructive bidding... Even more so, I hope that you recognize that sometimes you're going to get fixed.
Defending a “psych”
Ultimately, alerting requirements in the ACBL seemed to be based more on what is "expected" or "traditional" rather than what is what is a natural bid, what's an asking bid, or what have you. Historically, if you look at what's common within ACBL land, a 2NT response to ...
Defending a “psych”
The question that I would want the answer to is whether or not the 2NT bid establishes a forcing pass. Wish that was part of the disclosure process.
In the Well: Jose Damiani
Mt Damiani, I don't think that anyone doubts that you have made major contributions to promoting the game of bridge. However, I would like to return to two more specific questions that I originally posed: 1. You stated that “Bridge has to call for a specific exception to rules ...
In the Well: Jose Damiani
Jose Damiani wrote: > Did I lie It's unclear if you are actually lying, but you are being disingenuous at best. It's very clear that you are attempting to mislead people by throwing out a stream of non-sequitors and irrelevant claims in an attempt to prop up your position ...
In the Well: Jose Damiani
So, what you're saying is - and this is a direct quote - "“Why align with the IOC at all? The answer to this is brutally simple: money.” However, you're unable or unwilling to actually measure your results and provide ways that people can evaluate your success.
In the Well: Jose Damiani
I believe that there was a cut and paste error. This reply seems to be directed to a set of questions that Steve Moese asked.
In the Well: Jose Damiani
> As far Israel is concerned I never did or see what > you said while I was in the Chair While you were chair of the WBF, how many times were teams representing Arab countries scheduled to play against Israeli teams in WBF events? How many of those matches were played?
In the Well: Jose Damiani
> one million dollars from Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to > teach bridge in schools and colleges in the US. 1. Were those grants every spent? If so, by who and on what? 2. Were those grants contingent on Bridge's status as a "sport"?

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