Larry Cohen's 64-page workbook simplifies the 2/1 GF system
Although Larry Teaches 2/1 GF is not the shortest book ever written on the popular bidding system
, it's certainly close to the record. Despite its brevity, author Larry Cohen has succeeded in presenting a nice outline of the approach in a coherent, no-nonsense fashion.
As a long-time instructor, Cohen has spent many years persuading his students--many of whom learned to bid decades ago--of the superiority of 2/1 versus "standard." In truth, some of the differences are superficial, but Cohen stresses that one of the main advantages is the elimination of "no-man's land" that is created in some standard auctions when responder is allowed to make a 2/1 bid on as few as 10 or 11 high-card points: Standard bidders can easily wind up on the three level in non-competitive settings and still not know if they have the values for game. Additionally, 2/1 eliminates the need to jump to show good hands. It provides space to explore.
...Although Cohen is constitutionally incapable of writing a bad book, he's apparently not immune from publishing spiral-bound notebooks that look like they were printed and put together at an office supply store. Still, content trumps form, so don't judge this book by its cover.
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Even though I play 2 Over 1, I found this book had several improved treatments. It's a very fast read. I suggest you and your partner(s) each get a copy and use it as your Partnership Agreement. I love bridge books in e-book formats as I always have them with me for easy reference.
Certainly a classic for Modern Bridge players - intermediate level - clear and helpful
5 Stars -- Very clear and understandable.
Concise, well written, and does what it is suppose to -- teaches two over one! Love this series.
Best book on 2/1 that I have read. It is written so precisely with few words and easy for a person to learn and understand the system. Kudos to Larry again for his excellent teaching method.
Larry Cohen has once again proven why his ability to uncomplicate something seen as difficult so the average player, as well as the rank beginner can understand the basic concepts and play a system with confidence. His explanations are always erudite and clear. Everyone claiming to play 2/1 should read this small book at least a couple of times a year. Bravo, Mr. COHEN.
Larry keeps it simple. It is a short read and you're ready to play the system without any gimmicks to remember.
I began this book suspicious of the system, echoes of which have haunted the last several years of my play. I finish this manual a convert, ready to launch my new understandings in this afternoon's play. Mr. Cohen can teach. JUST enough repetition to reinforce and clarify. Quizzes along the way to reassure the reader that she is understanding. Refreshing non sexist language. I'm sold. See you at the table, bidding box at the ready!
Excellent, easier than another book borrowed. I bought one for a partner. Larry reviews basic bridge while incorporating 2/1. Format: review, direct instruction, practice, review. As a teacher I give him high marks for his teaching strategy.
This is a great book on 2/1 Forcing and 1NT forcing. It is easy to understand and the convention that all bridge players should use. He not only explains how to use the convention but gives examples and quizzes to make sure you get it. It prevents you from getting too high a bid when one of you does not have an opening hand.
Very clear and concise. Nice examples. Probably one of the best intermediate bridge books I have ever read. Really good.