320pp | Paperback | ISBN 978-1-897106-48-8
$22.95 $19.95 £14.95
Categories: Intermediate | Advanced | General Interest | Canadian Authors
One of the most successful American bridge players of the last 20 years, Larry Cohen, presents a collection of his favorite personal bridge moments. Using an intimate ‘over-the-shoulder’ presentation, Cohen takes readers through more than 60 deals (no, not just 52!) — deals that are important to him in some way, or technically interesting, or just plain fun. The book's interactive style allows readers to follow the bidding and play, and even to make their own decisions at key points. Cohen discusses the pros and cons of different options at each critical moment, explaining the reasons for his own choice and why the winning action is also the correct one. Read this book for fun, or study it in depth and learn from it — whichever you choose to do, you will find it hard to put down.
My Favorite 52 was originally published as interactive software, and won the American Bridge Teachers Association 'Software of the Year' award in 2005. This is its first publication in book form.
A former computer programmer and options trader, Larry Cohen was for many years a full-time bridge professional and part-time golfer. Now retired from serious competition, he travels from his home base in Boca Raton, Florida, to fulfill his numerous lecturing engagements, and he writes regularly for several magazines. He has twenty national championships to his name, as well as two world championship medals. He is perhaps best-known for his classic book, To Bid or not to Bid, which at the time was the best-selling book on the game since Charles Goren's heyday (it has since been surpassed by 25 Bridge Conventions You should Know).
Linda Lee (Toronto, Canada) is a retired project management executive who now spends much of her time playing bridge and writing about the game. A multiple Canadian champion who has represented her country several times at the world level, her blog http://linda.bridgeblogging.com is one of the most popular bridge blogs on the net. Her books range from beginner texts to a revised and updated edition of Clyde Love's classic Bridge Squeezes Complete.
Bobby Wolff (Las Vegas) is one of the all-time great American bridge players. He started winning world championships in the 1960s with the famous Dallas Aces. Since then he has accumulated 11 world titles, 10 silver and bronze medals in world competitions, and over 30 National titles. In 1994 Wolff was unanimously elected to the WBF Committee of Honour, and he is a member of the Bridge Hall of Fame. His 'Bridge with the Aces' column, which has been appearing daily for over 25 years, is syndicated in more than 130 newspapers worldwide and appears daily at http://aces.bridgeblogging.com.
"Larry Cohen's newest book 'My Favorite 52' is definitely worth reading! Larry sets the style, like Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio, where the reader virtually plays the role of kibitzer, but has the added dimension of having Larry's voice in your ear acting as a cross between your conscience and your high-level bridge advisor.
"Hand after hand (and every one is a treasure) takes the reader through the thought process of adjusting to the unfolding facts and making key decisions whether it be declarer's play, partnership bidding or top level defense. Through it all, and I can assure you Larry is a very thorough bridge thinker, he doesn't relax in his updating the reader on what direction to take to assure success, or, at least not to make a costly mistake..
"This book represents what Larry has always stood for, the best that bridge has to offer."
— Bobby Wolff
"A major addition to the bridge literature, this well-written work needs to be read by all serious players."
— The Denver Post
"This book caters for all categories of bridge players learning and being entertained at the same time."
— Jon Sveindal, Norway
"A book that will provide you with many entertaining and instructive hours of reading. The memorable deals show off the author's talents as a wonderful teacher."
— National Post
"One of the best (if not the best) I have ever read. It is instructive, sincere, pleasant and funny. I don't want to wait until 2029 to read your next 52 favorite hands!"
— Ignacio JimÃ©nez, Madrid, Spain
"[A] treasure trove from Cohen's vast archive of interesting deals. The book is nearly as interactive as the software, and is ideal for someone striving to improve. I couldn't put it down!" A+
— ACBL Bulletin
‘Outstanding. Cohen has an easy-to-read style and explains things so well. Solving the problems requires the reader to be aware of the myriad of little things that experts do in the card play that make them better than other players. Almost every deal has something that will be instructive even for good players.’
— Australian Bridge