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.
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.