Somerset County

Hillsborough Teen Prevails in Chess Match Against Somerset Freeholder Levine

Somerset County Freeholder Brian Levine congratulates Andrew Afanasyev, 18, of Hillsborough, who prevailed in a two-hour chess match May 14. Credits: Courtesy SCLSNJ
Grace Liang, 7, played a masterful game of chess against Freeholder Brian Levine. Although she did not win, she did stump him several times. Credits: Courtesy SCLSNJ
Somerset County Freeholder Brian Levine contemplates his next move in a simultaneous chess challenge in which he competed against 10 players ages 6-18. Credits: Courtesy SCLSNJ

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 a tough match, 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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