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QUEEN'S GAMBIT 2022

July 15-17
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, and a full day of workshops.  Enjoy the evening with your fellow fencers at our Saturday dinner and awards ceremony, with  after-dinner Renaissance dancing.

PLEASE NOTE that attendees (including spectators and non-competitors) must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test less than 72 hours old in order to attend.

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Events and Schedule

Friday, July 15 (beginning at 6:30 PM): Cutting tournaments, sidesword and longsword.  Loaner swords available.

Saturday, July 16 (beginning at 8:00 AM): Sparring tournaments, sidesword + mixed companion weapons, longsword, and spear (invitational).  Awards dinner.

Sunday, July 17: (beginning at 9:00 AM): Dagger duels and free fencing. Workshops in the afternoon.

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Workshops

Queen's Gambit is proud to host in-depth workshops taught by nationally recognized instructors.  Our workshop lineup this year is:

Constraits Lead Approaches in Teaching.  Sean Franklin will present what modern movement science has discovered about how to teach, and why it's more historical than it appears. Just how do we get to actually expressing our system of choice in sparring? Why do we struggle under pressure to perform our interpretations? Since the 1920s modern movement science researchers have learned quite a bit about how to teach, despite a largely conservative status quo from world of sports coaching. Often times learning about modern science to help training been viewed as 'sporty' and therefore anathema to the more historical pursuits. But this doesn't have to be the case! In fact, many examples of historical practices are more in line with the cutting edge research on Constraints Lead Approaches than traditional sports coaching methodologies. This lecture will focus on how to re-think training and practice design to better develop skills. And be more fun. Because that's important too.

Footwork: The Achilles' Heel You Didn’t Know You Have. In this workshop participants will learn how to properly use footwork to achieve their goals in any given fencing exchange regardless of weapon. From proper stance and body mechanics to speed, control, balance, management of distance and timing, and control of the fight, participants will engage in various games and drills to provide them the right tools to develop and continue to improve their footwork outside of the workshop, as well to better understand how to integrate footwork into their strategy and tactics.

 

This workshop is ideal for all students regardless of their weapon of choice, and should prove challenging to competitive, advanced, casual, and novice students.

Equipment Needed:

  • A soft glove (like a rapier fencing leather or winter glove). Participants should wear the shoes they use for training and tournaments.

  • This is an intense workshop so students are also required to bring water and take precautions (like bringing their inhalers if they are asthmatic and out of cardio)

Further equipment will be provided by the instructor.

Practical Tactical Brilliance: Learning to Win. All fencing is a game. The difference between a duel, friendly bout, or gold medal match is the stakes: The rules never change. In this workshop participants will learn what it means to win and the conditions needed to achieve it. Drills and exercises will focus on developing the fundamental skills of reading, understanding, anticipating, and steering opponents into your gameplan: control the opponent and you control the outcome. Participants will leave with an understanding of the essential concepts in fencing theory necessary to grow their tactical thinking and hone their skills as a fencer.

 

Open to all fencers and weapons types. At least 6 months of experience recommended. Participants will need their fencing equipment, including safety gear and weapon.

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Tournaments

We are offering six tournaments this year.  Full tournament rules to follow.

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

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

 

Sidesword with Mixed Companion Weapons.  A sparring tournament for fencers 18 and up using sideswords accompanied by bucklers, daggers, or cloaks.  Fencers are required to provide their own steel weapons and companion weapons.

Longsword.  A sparring tournament for fencers 18 and up using longswords accompanied by daggers.  Fencers are required to provide their own steel weapons and companion weapons.

Invitational Spear.  A sparring tournament using partisans.  Weapons will be provided.  Participation in this tournament is by invitation only.

Dagger Duels. New for 2022, this Sunday morning sparring event will focus on dueling with the dagger in the cut-and-thrust style of the Bolognese tradition.

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Location and Accommodations

Queen's Gambit 2022 will be held at Sports Connection Northlake, 8626 Hankins Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269, located near many accommodation options.

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Tournament Rules

Full tournament rules can be found here.

Short Version:

Longsword and Sidesword:

  • 2-minute rounds fought to 4 points.

  • Basic scoring:

    • 4 points: Normal sword cuts, thrust to the mask, some slices, grapple with control.​

      • Sideswords cannot score 4-point cuts to the body

    • 3 points: thrust to the body.

    • 1 point: Poor sword cuts, all dagger cuts, thrust to the limbs, most slices, pommel strikes.

  • Fencers must provide their own weapons.​

  • Longsword fencers may bring a dagger (no more than 18" blade, thrusts only).

  • Sidesword matches will have a 67% chance of being fought with chosen companion weapon, and 33% chance of being fought with sword alone.

  • Sidesword fencers must register with a companion weapon, which will not change for the entire tournament:

    • Sword alone. Fencers may choose to register without a companion weapon.

    • Buckler (Center-Gripped Shield). No more than 15" diameter.

    • Targa/Non-Round Buckler. No more than 18" x 12".

    • Dagger. No more than 18" blade, may cut or thrust.

    • Cloak. May not be weighted; no limit on size. May be wrapped or thrown. Wrapped arm immune to all slices, dagger cuts, and poor quality sword cuts.

    • Targe (Arm-Strapped Shield). No more than 20" diameter.

  • Shield punches not allowed; shield press to the arms or body permitted but non-scoring.​

Spear:

  • 2-minute rounds fought to 6 points.

  • Permitted techniques:

    • Thrust with the iron.​

    • Cut with the iron, traveling through no more than 45 degrees of arc.

    • Light taps with the butt.

  • Basic scoring:

    • 3 points: hit to the mask.​

    • 2 points: hit to the foot.

    • 1 point: hit to the body or limbs.

  • Weapons will be provided (Purpleheart ​Armory foam rubber partisans with hickory shafts).

  • Fencers may bring their own daggers (no more than 18" blade, thrusts only).

Dagger Duel:

  • 2-minute rounds fought to 4 points.

  • Permitted techniques:

    • Thrust with the blade​.

    • Cut with the blade.

  • Basic scoring:​

    • 4 points: grapple with control of the weapon arm​.

    • 3 points: thrust to the mask.

    • 1 point: cut to the mask, hit to the body or limbs.

  • Afterblows valid at any time within one step ​after being struck.

  • Weapons will be provided (Cold Steel plastic rubber parrying daggers).

Cutting: full cutting rules can be found here!

Short Version:

Requirements:

  • Straight-bladed swords only, single- or double-edged.

  • Longswords: two-handed swords of no more than 40" blade

  • Sideswords: one-handed swords of any length

Cutting Patterns:

  • Round 1:

    • Five diagonal descending cuts, alternating sides (1 point each)

  • Round 2:

    • Two ascending descending cuts, alternating sides (1.5 points each)

    • Two horizontal cuts, alternating sides (2 points each)

    • Two descending diagonal cuts, alternating sides (1.5 points each)

  • Round 3 (sidesword):

    • Doubled descending diagonal cuts, one side (2.5* points)

    • Doubled descending diagonal cuts, other side (2.5* points)

    • Ascending diagonal cuts, alternating sides (1.5 points each)

  • Round 3 (longsword):

    • Linked descending diagonal cuts, alternating sides (2.5* point each)

    • Linked ascending diagonal cuts, alternating sides (3.0* point each)

    • Ascending diagonal cuts, alternating sides (1.5 points each)

  • Round 4:

    • Target 1: Diagonal descending cut, dominant side (1 point)

    • Target 2: Diagonal descending cut, non-dominant side (1 point)

    • Target 1: Horizontal cut, dominant side (2 points)

    • Target 2: Horizontal cut, non-dominant side (2 points)

    • Target 1: Diagonal ascending cut, dominant side (1.5 points)

    • Target 2: Diagonal ascending cut, non-dominant side (1.5 points)

    • Target 1: Diagonal descending cut, dominant side (1.5 points)

    • Target 2: Diagonal descending cut, non-dominant side (1.5 points)​​​​

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Registration

Register for Queen's Gambit in two easy steps:

  • Fill out the registration form.

  • Pay for your registration here.

Registration Options:

  • One tournament: $50.

  • Two tournaments: $80

  • Three or more tournaments: $100

  • Loaner sword fee: $5

All registrations include Saturday dinner and dancing as well as all Sunday events.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!  Registration is 10% off through April 30, 2022.

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