West Tournament in Pazardzhik, February 11-12, 2017

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the West region! The upcoming West tournament will be at Bertolt Brecht FLHS in Pazardzhik on February 11-12. Registration for the tournament has ended.

Scholarship Application

Scholarship Applications for the tournament are now closed.

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.

Press

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

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

Tournament Schedule

Friday, February 10

19:30 – 21:00: Debate Judge Training (strongly recommended)

Saturday, February 11

9:00 – 11:00: Judge Check In & Team Check In
9:00 – 10:00: Debate Judge Training (strongly recommended)
10:00 – 11:00: New Judges – Speech Training (required)
11:00: Opening Ceremony
11:30: Round 1 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, Duo
13:30: Round 1 Flight A: Debate (prepared) & Poetry
14:30: Lunch
15:00: Round 2 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, Duo
16:30: Round 2 Flight A: Debate (impromptu) & Poetry
18:30: Quarterfinals: Varsity Oratory & Varsity Prose
Semifinals: Duo, Novice Oratory, Novice Prose
19:30: Round 3: Debate (prepared)
Quarterfinals: Varsity Poetry
Semifinals: Novice Poetry
20:30: Semifinals: Varsity Oratory & Varsity Prose

Sunday, February 12

8:30: Round 4: Debate (impromptu)
Semifinals: Varsity Poetry
10:30: Finals: Oratory, Prose, Duo
11:30: Finals: Debate (prepared) & Poetry
13:30: Closing Ceremony

*Note that schedule is subject to change based on registrations.

Judging

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 West tournament is now closed.

Team Roster Spreadsheet

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

Food

Billa (open until 10:00pm)

Lidl (open until 9:00pm)

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

Da Vinci Bar & Grill* (delivers until 12:00am) – 088 589 9463

Restaurant Avangard (open until 12:00am) – 089 671 0936

Restaurant Piccante (open until 11:59pm) – 089 345 4642

Primavera pizzeria-restaurant (open until 11:00pm) – 034 444 038

Restaurant Rony (open until 11:00pm) – 087 872 0392

Restaurant Vayron Garden (open until 2:00am) – 088 837 5967

Roni Bar & Grill (open until 11:00pm) – 087 810 3118

Gostilnitsa Tango (open until 11:00pm) – 034 917 252

Garden Restaurant (open until 2:00am) – 089 682 3913

Hotels

The first tournament hotel is Hotel Elbrus.
The address of Hotel Elbrus is 1 Konstantin Velichkov st., 4400 Pazardzhik.
The price of Hotel Elbrus is 25 leva per person per night.

The second tournament hotel is Hotel Hebar.
The address of Hotel Hebar is 6 Esperanto st., 4400 Pazardzhik.
The price of Hotel Hebar is 25 leva per person per night.

The third tournament hotel is Hotel Trakia.
The address of Hotel Trakia is 1 Vazrazhdane sq., 4400 Pazardzhik.
The price of Hotel Trakia is 20 leva per person per night.

The fourth tournament hotel is Hotel Primavera 1.
The address of Hotel Primavera 1 is 26 Asen Zlatarov st., 4400 Pazardzhik.
The price of Hotel Primavera 1 is 20 leva per person per night.

The fifth tournament hotel is Hotel Primavera 2.
The address of Hotel Primavera 2 is 8 Peyo Yavorov st., 4400 Pazardzhik.
The price of Hotel Primavera 2 is 25 leva per person per night.

The sixth tournament hotel is Hotel Jor Daniel.
The address of Hotel Jor Daniel is 3 Peyo Yavorov st., 4400 Pazardzhik.
The price of Hotel Jor Daniel is 23 leva per person per night.

Transportation

We recommend either taking taxis or trolley bus 1 or 1E from the Bus and Train station to the city centre, as it would be a long walk.

If you are in need of taxi transportation, here are three numbers:
0800 11507 – Velina Taxi
0800 11203 – Ivanina Taxi
034 440609 – Shans Taxi

Here are directions on how to get from the Bus and Train Stations to the tournament site – Bertolt Brecht  FLHS:

Here are directions on how to get from the tournament hotels to Bertolt Brecht FLHS:

Debate Motions

Prepared motions

  • This house believes that the police should have unrestricted access to the personal online data of everybody, including email, web history and private content on social media.
  • This house regrets the rise of the Shared economy (e.g. AirBNB, Uber, etc.)
  • This house believes that the Olympic Games should have a permanent competition site.

Impromptu topics

The themes for the Spring 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.

  • Media
  • Violence
  • Philosophy