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QUEEN'S GAMBIT 2024

July 19-21
Sports Connection Northlake
8626 Hankins Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269

Queen's Gambit is a 3-day event where practitioners of many fencing schools come together to learn, socialize, and compete. This year we are pleased to offer cutting and sparring tournaments using sideswords with mixed companion weapons and longswords, an invitational spear tournament, a dagger sparring tournament, a skills-based obstacle course, workshops, and lecturesEnjoy the evening with your fellow fencers at our Saturday masquerade dinner and awards ceremony, with after-dinner Renaissance dancing!

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Events and Schedule

Friday, July 19:

11:00am – Doors Open
11:45am – Dagger Rules Briefing 
12:15pm – Gear Check  
12:30pm – Dagger Tournament – Rose and Crown Divisions
4:00pm – Dagger Finals – Rose Division 
4:30pm – Dagger Finals – Crown Division
5:00pm – Break
5:30pm – Workshop 1 & Lecture 1
6:30pm – Break
6:45pm – Workshop 2 & Lecture 2
8:15pm – Break
8:30pm – Workshop 3 & Lecture 3
11:00pm – Everybody Out

 

Saturday, July 20: 

8:00am – Doors Open
9:00am – Longsword Rules Briefing  

9:30 – Gear Check for Longsword Rose Division
9:45am – Longsword Tournament – Rose Division
11:30am – Lunch
12:30pm – Gear Check for Crown Division
12:45pm – Longsword Tournament – Crown Division
3:00pm – Rose Division Finals
3:30pm – Crown Division Finals
4:00pm – Spear Rules Briefing
4:30pm – Gear Check
4:45pm – Spear Tournament 
6:15pm – Spear Finals
6:45pm – Break
7:30pm – Masquerade Dinner
8:30pm – Peer Awards and Raffle
9:00pm – Group Photo
9:15-10:15pm – Renaissance Dancing
11:00pm – Everybody Out

Sunday, July 21:

9:00am – Doors Open
9:30am – Sidesword Rules Briefing
10:00am – Gear Check for Rose Division
10:15am – Sidesword Tournament – Rose Division
12:00pm – Lunch 
1:00pm – Crown Division Gear Check
1:15pm – Sidesword Tournament – Crown Division
3:30pm – Rose Division Finals
4:00pm – Crown Division Finals 
4:30pm – Event Ends / Farewell
6:00pm – Everybody Out 

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Workshops and Lectures

Queen's Gambit is proud to host in-depth workshops and lectures taught by nationally recognized instructors on a variety of topics.

 

Workshop Lineup:

TBD

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Tournaments

We are hosting nine tournaments this year.

Sidesword Cutting.  Paper cutting with a sidesword.  Loaner sword available; fencers are also invited to bring their own swords.

Longsword Cutting.  Paper cutting with a longsword.  Loaner sword available; fencers are also invited to bring their own swords.

 

Sidesword with Mixed Companion Weapons - Rose Division.  A sparring tournament for fencers under 5'9"using sideswords accompanied by bucklers, daggers, or cloaks.  Fencers are required to provide their own steel weapons and companion weapons.

Sidesword with Mixed Companion Weapons - Crown Division.  A sparring tournament for fencers 5'9" and above using sideswords accompanied by bucklers, daggers, or cloaks.  Fencers are required to provide their own steel weapons and companion weapons.

Longsword - Rose Division.  A sparring tournament for fencersunder 5'9" using longswords accompanied by daggers.  Fencers are required to provide their own steel weapons and companion weapons.

Longsword - Crown Division.  A sparring tournament for fencers 5'9" and above using longswords accompanied by daggers.  Fencers are required to provide their own steel weapons and companion weapons.

Dagger Duels - Rose Division. Returning for 2023, this Saturday morning sparring event will focus on dueling with the dagger in the cut-and-thrust style of the Bolognese tradition. Rose division is for fencers under 5'9"

Dagger Duels - Crown Division. Returning for 2023
, this Saturday morning sparring event will focus on dueling with the dagger in the cut-and-thrust style of the Bolognese tradition. Crown division is for fencers 5'9" and above

Invitational Spear.  A sparring tournament using partisans.  Weapons will be provided. Fencers may express interest in this event, however participation in this tournament is by invitation only.

Swordwind reserves the right to remove any entrants from participating in any tournament at their discretion. This decision may be based on factors such as violation of rules, unsportsmanlike conduct, or any other behavior deemed inappropriate by the organizers. The organizer's decision in this matter is final and not subject to appeal. 

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Location and Accommodations

Queen's Gambit 2024 will be held at:
Sports Connection Northlake
,
8626 Hankins Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269

Recommended hotels nearby include:
Fairfield Inn Charlotte Northlake

9230 Harris Corners Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28269

Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte Northlake
9110 Harris Corners Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28269

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Tournament Rules

Full tournament rules coming soon!

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Registration

Register for Queen's Gambit in two easy steps:

  • Fill out the registration form. [LINK HERE]

  • Pay for your registration here. [LINK HERE]

Registration Options:

  • Cutting Tournaments: TBD

  • Sparring Tournaments: TBD

All registrations include Saturday dinner and dancing as well as Friday night workshops and lectures.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!  Registration is 10% off through May 31, 2024.

VOLUNTEER DISCOUNT!  Registration is 20% off! You must volunteer as Staff, Judge, or Director for 2 events in order to receive this discount. Events include all Sparring Tournaments and the Masquerade Dinner. 
Combine this with the early bird discount to get 30% your registration! 

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Sponsors

Queen's Gambit is made possible thanks to the support from our sponsors. 

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