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About Larry

Larry was born 4/14/59 in New York City. He now resides with his wife, Maria, in Delray Beach, Florida.

Personal:Former computer-programmer and options trader, but presently makes living from lecturing, writing/publishing bridge books/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.

Bridge career:Learned at age 6 from his grandparents. Started playing duplicate at age 14 and in tournaments at age 15. Life Master at 17. Won first National Championship at age 22. Winner of 25 national championships including the Vanderbilt, 2 Spingolds, 2 Reisingers, 2 Life Master Pairs, and 4 Blue Ribbon Pairs. Two-time winner of Cavendish Invitational Pairs. Winner of the 1999 Cap Gemini World Top 16 Pairs Tournament in the Hague. Winner of Silver Medal in 1998 World Pairs Championships. Bronze Medal, 2000 Olympiad Teams. 2002 ACBL Player of the Year. 2011 ACBL Honorary Member of the Year. On the list (#23) of Top 52 Influential People in Bridge.

Books-CDs:Authored To Bid or Not to Bid about the LAW Of Total Tricks, and it was the best-selling bridge book of the 90's with more than 90,000 copies sold in a total of six different languages. The sequel, Following the LAW has also been a best-seller. Author of 6 books and many magazine articles. Wrote and published CD's: Play Bridge with Larry Cohen (1999 Life Master Pairs) -- Days 1,2,3 and My Favorite 52 (2005), The Real Deal (2010)-Advanced and Intermediate. 2012 New Book: "Larry Teaches 2/1 GF" 2011 new Audio CD: Talking Bridge

Other Bridge activities:Director of the prestigious Bridge World Master Solvers Club. Worldwide lecturer on bridge on land and at sea. National Appeals Committee Member and casebook panelist. Vu-graph commentator at national championships and on BBO. Former chairman of the ACBL Hall-of-Fame Committee. Member of Conducts & Ethics Committee. Writer of ACBL Instant Matchpoint Game Booklet since 2007.

Career Details

  • 2012 - #23 Most Influential in Bridge
  • 1996 - 1st place in Life Master Pairs
  • 2011 - 2011 ACBL Honorary Member of the Year
  • 1996 - 1st place in National Open Pairs
  • 2009 - Retired from playing
  • 1996 - 1st place in Blue Ribbon Pairs
  • 2009 - 2nd Place in Spingold
  • 1995 - 1st place in Grand National Teams
  • 2009 - 1st place in National Open Pairs
  • 1994 - 2nd Place in Master Mixed Teams
  • 2008 - 2nd place in Open BAM Teams
  • 1993 - 2nd place in Vanderbilt Teams
  • 2008 - 1st place in Grand National Teams
  • 1993 - Semi-Final Bermuda Bowl, Santiago
  • 2008 - 2nd place in U.S. Team Trials
  • 1992 - 1st place in Pan-American Open Teams
  • 2007 - 2nd place in Reisinger BAM Teams
  • 1991 - 2nd Place in Grand National Teams
  • 2007 - 1st place in Open BAM Teams
  • 1991 - 2nd place in North American Open Teams
  • 2007 - 1st place in Grand National Teams
  • 1991 - 1st place in Open BAM Teams
  • 2006 - 2nd place in National Swiss Teams
  • 1991 - 1st place in Reisinger Teams
  • 2006 - 1st place in National Open Pairs
  • 1990 - 2nd place in Fall Open BAM Teams
  • 2005 - 1st place in Vanderbilt Knockout Teams
  • 1990 - 2nd place in Vanderbilt
  • 2004 - 2nd Place in Reisinger Teams
  • 1988 - 1st place in Life Master Pairs
  • 2004 - 2nd in Vanderbilt Teams
  • 1988 - 1st place in Blue Ribbon Pairs
  • 2004 - 1st place in National Open Pairs
  • 1988 - 1st place in Cavendish Invitational Pairs
  • 2003 - ACBL Sportsman of the Year
  • 1987 - 1st place in Life Master Pairs
  • 2003 - 2nd place in U.S. Team Trials
  • 1986 - 2nd Place in LM Mens Pairs
  • 2002 - 2nd Place in National Open Pairs
  • 1985 - 1st place in Reisinger
  • 2002 - 2nd Place in LM Open Pairs
  • 1984 - 2nd Place in Grand National Pairs
  • 2002 - ACBL Player of the Year
  • 1984 - 1st place in National Mens BAM
  • 2002 - 2nd place in Reisinger Teams
  • 1984 - 1st place in Spingold
  • 2002 - 1st place in Master Mixed BAM Teams
  • 1983 - 1st place in Life Master Mens Pairs
  • 2000 - Bronze Medal in Team Olympiad, Maastricht
  • 1983 - 2nd place in Spingold
  • 2000 - 1st place in U.S. Team Trials
  • 1983 - 1st place in Blue Ribbon Pairs
  • 1999 - 1st place in North American Swiss Teams
  • 1983 - 1st place in Cavendish Invitational Pairs
  • 1999 - 1st place in Cap Gemini in the Hague
  • 1981 - 1st place in Blue Ribbon Pairs
  • 1998 - 2nd Place in Vanderbilt Teams
  • 1981 - 1st place in Spingold
  • 1998 - Silver Medal in World Open Pairs, Lille
  • 1980 - 2nd Place in Grand National Pairs
  • 1998 - 2nd place in U.S. Team Trials
  • 1979 - 2nd Place in National Open Pairs
  • 1996 - 2nd Place in Blue Ribbon Pairs
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