There are 21 places available for the tournament!
The tournament will be held on Saturday afternoon, the 19th, and Sunday morning, the 20th of October. The rules will essentially be the same as those used in the Nordic League and tournaments such as Swordfish or the Dutch Lions Cup these past years and has been on the Swiss Gathering since 2017. You can download the rules here (PDF), and a video describing them is found here (youtube.com).
Like last year, there will be a live projection of the fencer’s names and current result on a projector for each ring. This will provide more overview to judges and fighters, as well make the fights more enjoyable to watch. Per ring, we will have four judges, one referee and one scorer. The results of the entire tournament will then be uploaded to the world-wide tournament ranking, HEMA Ratings, which can be found at hematratings.com, so after your participation, you will be part of the global ranking or update your current rank.
We’re still looking for more judges in order to put less load on the ones we already have – so consider signing up as a judge. However, consider that you’ll have to practice using the rules and the flags before the tournament.
For those who don’t have the time, there will be a workshop on Saturday morning, however, consider that it will coincide with other workshops.
The Swiss Gathering is a collective effort. It will only work if fencers help with the scoring and the judging. If your group isn’t fighting, please help us out, even if it’s just for an hour. This is especially valued if you’re experienced with tournaments. If you have never done judging before, we will guide you.
For the convenience of foreign fighters, a bed in the nearby cold-war era bunker for both Saturday AND Friday are included in the participation fee of 100 Swiss Francs for the entire event. (Breakfast and lunch are included too, for the Saturday and Sunday).
Scoring will be done with the HEMA Scorecard by Sean Franklin from the HEMA Alliance this year like last year. Later on, you’ll be able to see who’s in which group and then on Saturday watch the results of all the fights LIVE, instantly see who made it out of the pools, and what the final bracket looks like: https://hemascorecard.com/ -> Select Swiss Gathering 2019 -> Longsword Open Steel.
We’re looking forward to a fun and interesting tournament!
For the tournament commission, Daniel Sutter
Number of registered fencers in the tournament: 39/60.