West Tournament in Pleven, November 18-19

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the West region! The upcoming West tournament will be at Yordan Yovkov Primary School in Pleven on November 18-19. Registration for the tournament has ended.

Letter of Invitation

You can download the official letter of invitation in Bulgarian here. If you want a customized letter mailed to your school, e-mail us at info@bestfoundation.bg.


Here you can read our pre-tournament press release in English and Bulgarian.

Here you can read our post-tournament press release in English and Bulgarian.


Saturday, November 18th

9:30 – 11:00 – Team Check In
10:00-12:00 – Judge Training Session 1
11:15 – Opening Ceremony (Katya Popova Hall)
12:00 – Round 1 Flight B: Oratory, Prose & Duo
Judge Training Session 2
13:30 – Round 1 Flight A: Debate (prepared) and Poetry
14:30 – Lunch
15:00 – Round 2 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
16:30 – Round 2 Flight A: Debate (impromptu) and Poetry
18:30 – Quarterfinals: Varsity Oratory, Varsity Prose & Varsity Duo
Semifinals: Novice Oratory, Novice Prose & Novice Duo
19:30 – Round 3: Debate (prepared)
Semifinals: Poetry
20:30 – Semifinals: Varsity Oratory, Varsity Prose, Varsity Duo

Sunday, November 19th

8:30: Debate: Round 4 (impromptu)
10:30: Finals Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
11:30: Finals Flight A: Debate (prepared) and Poetry
13:30: Closing Ceremony


We welcome all high school graduates with C1 or higher English to judge at our tournaments. If you are new to BEST and our tournaments, visit our Judging Basics page!

We will reimburse all judges for their transport if they use trains or buses, but we strongly encourage taking the most affordable option when possible (usually trains). Please purchase round-trip tickets and you will be reimbursed upon showing the ticket at the reimbursement station. We will provide food at the tournament site, and we will also cover one night of hotel accommodations for regional tournaments. In exceptional circumstances when a judge can’t make it to the tournament site before 11am on Saturday, we will cover two nights of hotel accommodation.

Judge registration for the tournament is now closed.

Team Roster and Hotels Spreadsheet

Registration for the tournament is now closed. Please contact Team BEST at info@bestfoundation.bg for any edits to team rosters.

Scholarship Application

Scholarship Applications for the tournament are now closed.


The first tournament hotel is Hotel Balkan.
The address of Hotel Balkan is Bul. “Ruse” 85, 5800 Pleven.
The price of Hotel Balkan is 23 leva per person per night.

The second tournament hotel is Hotel Rostov.
The address of Hotel Rostov is Tsar Boris III 2 st., 5801 Pleven.
The price of Hotel Rostov is 21 leva per person per night.

The address of Турически Дом Кайлъка is 5800 Dvata Pametnika.
The price of Турически Дом Кайлъка is 20 leva per night per person.

If you are in need of taxi transportation, here are three numbers:
Orion – 064/805 555
Svetlina – 064/828 989
Ok taxi – 088 911 2112

Here are directions on how to get from the Bus and Train Stations to the tournament site – Yordan Yovkov Primary School:

Here are directions on how to get from the tournament hotels to Yordan Yovkov Primary School:

Here are directions on how to get from the Yordan Yovkov Primary School to Katya Popova Hall for the opening ceremony:


Kaufland (open until 10:00pm)

For the restaurants below we recommend that you call and make dinner reservations as soon as you know the size of your team.
* places marked with an asterisk do deliveries

Pizzaria BG Party* (delivers until 12:00am) – 087 874 9559

Pizza Napoli* (delivers until 10:30pm) – 064 846 288

NEMO cafe, food & games (open until 11:00pm) – 087 787 0087

Kantonata (open until 12:00am) – 064 820 320

Tavern Nestinarka (open until 12:00am) – 087 646 4689

Canape Food (open until 02:00am) – 088 221 2122

Speedy Restaurant (open until 12:00am) – 064 804 525

Debate Motions

Prepared motions

  • This house regrets the rise of social media as a primary source of news distribution.
  • This house believes that Western nations should make development aid conditional on the protection of LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual) rights.
  • This house supports restrictions on free speech to combat the rise of right-wing populism.

Impromptu topics

The themes for the Fall Impromptu rounds are below. The motions for these rounds will be related to these general themes, and they will be announced right before the thirty-minute preparation period begins.

  • Industrialization
  • Education
  • Crime