QUEEN'S GAMBIT 2019

January 18-20

Embassy Suites Charlotte Concord Resort Hotel and Spa

5400 John Q. Hammons Drive NW, Concord, NC  28027

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 for adults and youth 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 the Queen's Masq dinner and awards ceremony in the luxurious environment of the Embassy Suites.

Events and Schedule

Friday, January 18 (beginning at 5:00 PM): Cutting tournaments, sidesword and longsword.  Loaner swords available.

Saturday, January 19: Youth and adult sparring tournaments, sidesword + mixed companion weapons, longsword, and spear (invitational).  Awards dinner.

Sunday, January 20: Workshops

Workshops

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

Dutch Military Sabre.  Christian Siebenhaar​ was a fencing master in the Dutch army in the 19th century, who created both a fencing system and a set of tournament rules to learn and practice swordsmanship in a practical battlefield style.  Owen Sykes presents fencing according to Siebenhaar's Dutch Method.

Bolognese Sword and Buckler.  Many fencing traditions include the sword and buckler, but few treat it as extensively as do the Bolognese.  David Biggs presents the use of the buckler in the Bolognese style.

Marozzo's Two-Handed Sword.  Achille Marozzo separates his teachings of the two-handed sword into long, short, and grappling range techniques.  Pike Pullen and Chris Nolan present Marozzo's long-range fencing with the two-handed sword, a particular compliment to the teachings of other longsword systems that focus primarily on fencing at closer distances.

Tournaments

We are offering seven 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.

 

Youth Sidesword.  A sparring tournament for fencers 13-17 years old using sideswords accompanied by bucklers, daggers, or cloaks.  Fencers are invited to fence with steel weapons provided both fencers have brought their own, but nylon swords, daggers, and bucklers will be provided.

Adult Sidesword.  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.

Youth Longsword.  A sparring tournament for fencers 13-17 years old using longswords accompanied by daggers.  Fencers are invited to fence with steel weapons provided both fencers have brought their own, but nylon swords will be provided.

Adult 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.

Location and Accommodations

Queen's Gambit is excited to be held at the Embassy Suites Charlotte Concord Golf Resort and Spa for the third year in a row. The Embassy Suites is conveniently situated for friends and family to watch you fight or take a break at local points of interest.

QUEEN'S MASQ: Join us in the Kannapolis Ballroom for dinner and award ceremony.  Formal and fantastical dress is encouraged!

Accommodations
Rooms at the Embassy Suites have plenty of room to share with multiple clubmates to enjoy the convenience of staying at the site of the tournament (and bar).  Rooms will be available soon at a deeply discounted rate for guests arriving Friday and Saturday. Should you choose to extend your trip our rates will be honored the additional days of your stay. 

All rooms are 2-room suites with microwave, mini-fridge, in-room safe, and two flatscreen TVs, and wi-fi. Parking is free. The tournament is conveniently located on the first floor with a private entrance adjacent to the parking lot for easy loading.

Amenities Include:

Complimentary made-to-order breakfast daily

2 beverages of choice (including alcohol) and light snacks at daily cocktail hour

On-site Starbucks

Pets welcome! ($75 non-refundable fee applies)

Indoor heated pool & whirlpool (kids welcome!)

Free shuttle service within 5 miles

Full-service spa, walking track, and 18-hole golf course

Book using reservation code SHS:

Online at: http://www.embassysuitesconcord.com/
Call at: 704-455-8200 or 1-800-362-2779

$149 per night for two occupants, plus $15 per additional occupant.

Registration

Register for Queen's Gambit in two easy steps:

  • Fill out the registration form.

  • Pay for your registration here.

Registration Options:

  • Full Event (Friday - Sunday) with Dinner: $200

  • Weekend Tournaments and Workshops (Saturday - Sunday): $125

  • Friday Tournaments (cutting): $50

  • Saturday Dinner (ages 15+): $40

  • Saturday Dinner (ages 5-14; under 5 eats free): $15

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!  Registration is 10% off through December 18, 2018.

For Questions /  Contact us at SwordwindHS@Gmail.com

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