BIOGRAPHY

Personal

Larry Neil Cohen was born in New York City in 1959. He is a former computer-programmer and options trader, but presently works exclusively in the world of bridge--lecturing in venues on land and sea, writing several best-selling bridge books and hundreds of articles. Larry has played bridge in a dozen different countries in special invitational tournaments. His biggest passion/hobby is golf (handicap 11). In 2009, Larry "semi-retired" from playing to focus on teaching and writing. He currently resides in Delray Beach, Florida with his lovely wife, Maria.

Bridge career

Larry learned bridge at age 6 from his grandparents. He began playing duplicate at age 14 and was competing in tournaments by 15. By 17 he had earned the title of Life Master and by 22 he had won his first of 25 National Championships. Among his titles are a Vanderbilt, two Spingolds, two Reisingers, two Life Master Pairs, and four Blue Ribbon Pairs. Additionally, he is also a two-time winner of The Cavendish Invitational Pairs, winner of the 1999 Cap Gemini World Top 16 Pairs Tournament in the Hague, Silver Medalist in 1998 World Pairs Championships, and Bronze Medalist in the 2000 Olympiad Teams. In 2002 ACBL named him Player of the Year and in 2011 named him Honorary Member of the Year. Most recently, he was listed on their Top 10 Living Most Influential People in Bridge.

Books-CDs

His best-selling book, To Bid or Not to Bid--The LAW Of Total Tricks, was published in six different languages. The sequel, Following the LAW, was also a best-seller. His most recent works include: 2012 Larry Teaches 2/1 Game Force, 2013 Larry Teaches Doubles and Redoubles, 2014 Larry Teaches Opening Leads, and 2015 Larry Teaches Defense. Larry has written and published the following CD's: Play Bridge with Larry Cohen (1999 Life Master Pairs) -- Days 1,2,3, 2005 My Favorite 52, 2010 The Real Deal for both Advanced and Intermediate players, and 2011 Audio CD: Talking Bridge - all available on this website and all ABTA Award Winners!

Other Bridge activities

Director of the prestigious Bridge World Master Solvers Club for 11 years / National Appeals Committee Member and casebook panelist / Vu-graph commentator at national championships and on BBO / Member of the ACBL Conducts & Ethics Committee / Writer of ACBL Instant Matchpoint Game Booklet since 2007 / Former Chairman of the ACBL Hall-of-Fame Committee.

Career Details

  • 2012 - Voted Top 10 Living Most Influential in Bridge
  • 2011 - 2011 ACBL Honorary Member of the Year
  • 2009 - Retired from playing
  • 2009 - 2nd Place in Spingold
  • 2009 - 1st place in National Open Pairs
  • 2008 - 2nd place in U.S. Team Trials
  • 2008 - 1st place in Grand National Teams
  • 2008 - 2nd place in Open BAM Teams
  • 2007 - 2nd place in Reisinger BAM Teams
  • 2007 - 1st place in Open BAM Teams
  • 2007 - 1st place in Grand National Teams
  • 2006 - 1st place in National Open Pairs
  • 2006 - 2nd place in National Swiss Teams
  • 2005 - 1st place in Vanderbilt Knockout Teams
  • 2004 - 2nd Place in Reisinger Teams
  • 2004 - 1st place in National Open Pairs
  • 2004 - 2nd place in Vanderbilt Teams
  • 2003 - 2nd place in U.S. Team Trials
  • 2003 - ACBL Sportsman of the Year
  • 2002 - 2nd Place in National Open Pairs
  • 2002 - 2nd place in Life Master Open Pairs
  • 2002 - 1st place Master Mixed BAM Teams
  • 2002 - 2nd place in Reisinger Teams
  • 2002 - ACBL Player of the Year
  • 2000 - 1st place in U.S. Team Trials
  • 2000 - Bronze Medal World Team Championships
  • 1999 - 1st place in North American Swiss Teams
  • 1999 - 1st place in Cap Gemini World Top Pairs
  • 1998 - Silver Medal in World Open Pairs
  • 1998 - 2nd place in U.S. Team Trials
  • 1998 - 2nd place in Vanderbilt Teams
  • 1996 - 2nd place in Blue Ribbon Pairs
  • 1996 - 1st place in Life Master Pairs
  • 1996 - 1st place in National Open Pairs
  • 1996 - 1st place in Blue Ribbon Pairs
  • 1995 - 1st place in Grand National Teams
  • 1994 - 2nd place in Master Mixed Teams
  • 1993 - Semifinal in Bermuda Bowl
  • 1993 - 2nd place in Vanderbilt
  • 1992 - 1st place in Pan American Open Teams
  • 1991 - 1st place in Reisinger
  • 1991 - 1st place in Open BAM
  • 1991 - 2nd place in Grand National Teams
  • 1991 - 2nd place in North American Open Teams
  • 1990 - 2nd place in Open BAM Teams
  • 1990 - 2nd place in Vanderbilt
  • 1988 - 1st place in Life Master Pairs
  • 1988 - 1st place in Cavendish Invitational Pairs
  • 1988 - 1st place in Blue Ribbon Pairs
  • 1987 - 1st place in Life Master Pairs
  • 1986 - 2nd place in LM Mens Pairs
  • 1985 - 1st place in Reisinger
  • 1984 - 1st place in Spingold
  • 1984 - 2nd place in Grand National Pairs
  • 1984 - 1st place in National Mens BAM
  • 1983 - 1st place in Cavendish Invitational Pairs
  • 1983 - 1st place in Life Master Pairs
  • 1983 - 1st place in Blue Ribbon Pairs
  • 1983 - 2nd place in Spingold
  • 1981 - 1st place in Blue Ribbon Pairs
  • 1981 - 1st place in Spingold
  • 1980 - 2nd place in Grand National Pairs
  • 1979 - 2nd place in National Open Pairs