East Tournament in Shumen, December 10-11, 2016

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the East region! The upcoming East tournament will be at Nikola Vaptsarov FLHS in Shumen on December 10-11. Registration for the tournament has ended. Coaches, you should receive an invitation to register for this tournament on Speechwire. If you don’t receive the invitation, or if you are a coach in a different region and would like to bring your team to this tournament, please email us at info@bestfoundation.bg.

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.


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.

Tentative* Schedule

Saturday, December 10

9:30 – 11:00: Team Check In & Judge Check In
10:00: New Judge Training Session 1 (required for new judges)
11:00: Opening Ceremony
11:30: Round 1 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
New Judge Training Session 2 (required for new judges)
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: Round 3: Novice Oratory
Quarterfinals: Varsity Oratory
Semifinals: Prose & Duo
19:30: Round 3: Debate (prepared)
Quarterfinals: Varsity Poetry
Semifinals: Novice Poetry
20:30: Semifinals: Varsity Oratory

Sunday, December 11

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

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


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 one-way tickets and leave them with us and we will reimburse you for the round-trip cost. 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 signup for the tournament is closed.

Team Roster Spreadsheet

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


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

Klasik restaurant (open until 12:00am) – 089 887 7720

Primo Bar & Grill (open until 11:00pm) – 089 795 0162

Address: 47 Simeon Veliki boul., 9700 Shumen

Joia Pizza & BBQ (open until 11:00pm) – 089 797 2147

Mehana Chiflika (open until 2:00am) – 088 664 4369

Popsheytanova Kushta (open until 11:30pm) – 054 802 222

Pizza & BBQ Shumen (open until 12:00am) – 089 763 2929

Vienska Gradina* (open until 12:00am) – 089 012 1333


The first tournament hotel is Hotel Madara.
The address of Hotel Madara is 1 Osvobozhdenie Sq., 9700 Shumen.
The price of Hotel Madara is 23 leva per person per night.

The second tournament hotel is Hotel Shumen.
The address of Hotel Shumen is 1 Oborishte st., 9700 Shumen.
The price of Hotel Shumen is 23 leva per person per night.

The third tournament hotel is Hotel Prolet.
The address of Hotel Prolet is 11 Marin Drinov st., 9700 Shumen.

The fourth tournament hotel is Hotel Zoti.
The address of Hotel Zoti is 15 Gerila st., 9700 Shumen.
The price of Hotel Zoti is 25 leva per person per night.

The fifth tournament hotel is Hotel Central.
The address of Hotel Central is 8 Osvobozhdenie sq., 9700 Shumen.
The price of Hotel Central is 25 leva per person per night.


If you are in need of taxi transportation, here are two numbers:
089 855 5765 – Elfi Taxi
089 799 0099 – Metro Taxi

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

Here are directions on how to get from the tournament hotels to Nikola Vaptsarov FLHS:

Debate Motions

Prepared motions

  • This house believes that acts of violence are sometimes necessary to advance social movements.
  • This house believes that biotechnology is a justified means for achieving equality among humans.
  • This house would support efforts to fund the creation of self-driving cars.

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.

  • Education
  • Childcare