Wes Peden was awarded a wild card entry into the tournament after defeating Omer Lewy and then, in a series of one-point matchups, beating every single other player who had qualified for the tournament in turn. After winning his way into the round of 8, Wes was promptly defeated by Yotam, who went on to take second place overall, beating Bar Mualem in the semi-final along the way.
Iver Tronstad’s winning streak of seven matches and two titles (SkjÃ¨ve 2014, BJC 2015) ended in his semi-final defeat at the hands of Emil Dahl, though he went on to play and defeat Bar Maulem for third place.
More information and results will be added to the Israel 2015 page soon, once it is fully submitted, and hopefully we’ll get some video too.
Iver earned himself 500 rankings points in his first tournament of the year. Jon Peat’s second place finish, along with his results from Chocfest and Bath Upchuck, moves him to the top spot in the 2015 race rankings with 540 points, just ahead of Iver, Luke Burrage and Dave Leahy, all currently at 500 points each. His result bumps him up one place to sixth in the current rankings.