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In the Well: Larry Cohen

Larry Cohen is one of the few people in the bridge world who needs no introduction. Voted in anACBLpoll as one of the 25 most influential people in bridge history, Larry has not only won over 25 national championships (mostly with regular partners Marty Bergen and David Berkowitz) but is renowned for guiding bridge bidding into the modern era with his best-selling book To Bid or Not to Bid: The LAW of Total Tricks.

Larry was born in 1959 in New York City. He learned bridge at age 6 and started duplicate at age 14. He won his first National Championship at age 22 (with Ron Gerard).After this, he decided to leave his day job of computer programming / options trading to play bridge professionally, full-time. Larry has played bridge in a dozen different countries in special invitational tournaments, and is one of the few top-flight players to spend a lot of effort teaching intermediate players. Larry enjoys teaching and writing so much that in 2009, he "semi-retired" from playing to focus on it.He presently makes a living from lecturing, and writing/publishing bridge books/articles/software, many of which can be found on our website. He is also intensely interested in the ethical side of the game, serving on the ACBL Conduct & Ethics committee, and winning the 2003 ACBL Sportsman of the Year award.

Today, Larry resides with his wife, Maria, in Delray Beach, Florida, but is frequently found on cruise ships teaching bridge to intermediate/advanced players around the world. Outside of bridge, his biggest passion/hobby is golf (11 handicap) and following his beloved New York Yankees.

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