ROCKY HILL, NJ – Somerset County Freeholder Brian Levine had his hands full as he matched wits with 10 young chess players in a simultaneous tournament at the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library.May 14.

Levine’s opponents, ages 6-18, proved to be formidable opponents, with 7-year-old Grace Liang stumping Levine several times before he prevailed.

Some matches took as long as three hours.

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Levine came up on the short end against Andrew Afanasyev of Hillsborough after a two-hour match. Afanasyev was awarded an achievement medal by Levine and will also receive a gift card from the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey.

Levine’s opponents also joined in his birthday celebration with a cake decorated to look like a chess board.

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