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Larry Neil Cohen (born April 14, 1959 in New York City, New York) is an American bridge player and writer. He is the winner of 25 North American Bridge Championships including the Vanderbilt, two Spingolds, two Reisingers, three Life Master Pairs, and four Blue Ribbon Pairs as well as a two-time winner of the Cavendish Invitational Pairs. He authored To Bid or Not to Bid: The LAW of Total Tricks; it was the best-selling bridge book of the 1990s with more than 55,000 copies sold in a total of six different languages. It and its sequel Following the Law deal with the "Law of Total Tricks." He is well known for his former playing partnership with Marty Bergen whose ideas meshed well with his own. His current bridge partner is David Berkowitz. He learned to play bridge at age 6 from his grandparents, started playing duplicate at age 14, and began playing in tournaments at age 15. He became an American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) Life Master at age 17. He currently resides with his wife, Maria, in Boca Raton, Florida. He works as a bridge teacher, often on cruise ships. He writes a monthly column,The Real Deal in the ACBL's Bridge Bulletin. Cohen shocked the bridge world by announcing his retirement from high-level competition effective in 2009.[1] Contents 1 Bridge accomplishments 1.1 Honors 1.2 Awards 1.3 Wins 1.4 Runner-ups 2 Bibliography 3 References 4 External links Bridge accomplishments Honors Sidney H. Lazard Jr. Sportsmanship Award 2003 Awards ACBL Player of the Year 2002 Romex Award (Best Bid Hand of the Year) 1995, 2000 Precision Award (Best Defended Hand of the Year) 1996 ITES Award (Best Defended Hand of the Year) 2003 (Winning Journalist) Wins North American Bridge Championships (25) Vanderbilt (1) 2005 Spingold (2) 1981, 1984 Reisinger (2) 1985, 1991 Grand National Teams (3) 1994, 2007, 2008 Open Board-a-Match Teams (2) 1991, 2007 Men's Board-a-Match Teams (1) 1984 North American Swiss Teams (1) 1999 Mixed Board-a-Match Teams (1) 2002 Blue Ribbon Pairs (4) 1981, 1983, 1988, 1995 Life Master Pairs (3) 1987, 1988, 1996 Life Master Men's Pairs (1) 1983 Open Pairs I (3) 2004, 2006, 2009 Open Pairs II (1) 1996 United States Bridge Championships (1) Open Team Trials (1) 2000 Other notable wins: Buffett Cup (1) 2006 Cavendish Invitational Teams (2) 1988, 1994 Pan American Open Teams (1) 1992 Cap Gemini World Top Invitational Pairs (1) 1999 Cavendish Invitational Pairs (2) 1984, 1989 Goldman Pairs (1) 1983 Runner-ups World Open Pairs (1) 1998 North American Bridge Championships (21) Vanderbilt (4) 1990, 1993, 1998, 2004 Spingold (1) 1983 Reisinger (3) 2002, 2004, 2007 Grand National Teams (1) 1991 Open Board-a-Match Teams (2) 1990, 2008 North American Swiss Teams (1) 2006 Master Mixed Teams (1) 1994 Blue Ribbon Pairs (1) 1996 Life Master Open Pairs (2) 1991, 2002 Life Master Men's Pairs (1) 1986 Grand National Pairs (2) 1980, 1984 Open Pairs (1) 1979 Open Pairs I (1) 2002 United States Bridge Championships (4) Open Team Trials (4) 1985, 1998, 2002, 2008 Other notable 2nd places: Cavendish Invitational Teams (2) 1986, 2000 Goldman Pairs (1) 1991 Bibliography Books To Bid or Not to Bid: The LAW of Total Tricks Following the LAW: The Total Tricks Sequel Bidding Challenge Bridge Below the Belt (with Liz Davis) Interactive CD ROMs Play Bridge with Larry Cohen (1999 Life Master Pairs) Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 My Favorite 52 (2005) References Larry Cohen biographical information ^ End of Career?, larryco.com External links Official website World Bridge Federation profile Persondata Name Cohen, Larry Alternative names Short description Date of birth 1959 Place of birth Date of death Place of death