National Tournament in Varna, April 21-23, 2017

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the National tournament! The upcoming National tournament will be hosted by Yoan Ekzarh FLHS, and held at the Technical University of Varna and Yoan Ekzarh FLHS in Varna on April 21-23. Registration for the tournament has ended.

Scholarship Application

Scholarship Applications for the tournament are now closed.

School communication

To request a letter of excusal for Friday, please email us separately with the names of the students and their class sections.

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


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.

Tournament Schedule

Friday, April 21 (Technical University of Varna)

18:00-19:00: Team Check In (Machine Faculty lobby)
18:00: Mandatory Meeting for all Judges (Machine Faculty)
18:30: Debate & Speech Training for New Judges
20:00 Opening Ceremony (Electrotechnical Faculty 212)

Saturday, April 22 (Technical University of Varna)

8:30: Flight B Round 1: Debate (prepared) & Poetry
8:30: Training for New Judges
10:00: Flight A Round 1: Oratory, Prose, Duo
11:30: Flight B Round 2: Debate (impromptu) & Poetry
13:00: Flight A Round 2: Oratory, Prose, Duo
14:00: Lunch
15:00: Debate Round 3 (prepared) & Quarterfinals: Poetry
16:30: Flight A Quarterfinals: Varsity Oratory, Prose & Semifinals: Novice Oratory, Duo
18:00: Debate Round 4 (impromptu) and Semifinals: Poetry
19:30: Flight A Semifinals: Varsity Oratory, Prose

Sunday, April 23 (Yoan Ekzarh FLHS)

8:45: Finals: Prose & Oratory
10:15: Finals: Debate (prepared) & Poetry
12:15: Finals: Duo
13:45: 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 Spreadsheet

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


CBA “Seagull Park” (open until 22:00pm)

For the restaurants below we recommend that you call and make dinner reservations as soon as you know the size of your team.

Happy Bar & Grill Sevastopol (open until 12:00am) – 0700 20 888

Odayata Restaurant (open until 02:00am) – 052 321 716

Restaurant Fratelli (open until 11:00pm) – 089 740 5060

Pizza Selena  (open until 12:00am) – 052 617 800

Bistro Happy House (open until 12:00am) – 088 709 2774

Restaurant Godzilla (open until 12:00am) – 0700 16 010


The first tournament hotel is Hotel Aqua Azur.
The address of Hotel Aqua Azur is K.K. St. St. Konstantin and Elena, 9006 Varna.
The price of Hotel Aqua Azur is 24 leva per person per night.
If you are a student, coach, chaperone you have been allocated to this hotel. 

The second tournament hotel is Hotel Persei.
The address of Hotel Persei is Sveti Nikola m., 9006 Varna.
The price of Hotel Persei is 20 leva per person per night.
If you are a judge not affiliated with a team, you have most likely been allocated to this hotel.


In order to get around between the bus/train stations, the tournament sites, and the hotels, you will need to use a taxi. PLEASE NOTE that if you are calling a taxi from the hotels, you need to call at significantly before your scheduled departure time, to allow time for the taxi to get to the hotel from downtown Varna.
The journey from downtown Varna to the further hotel, Aqua Azur, takes approximately 30 minutes at rush hour, so make sure you leave the hotels about an hour before the first round in the mornings, so you do not miss any rounds. 

We have notified the following taxi company of our tournament, so that they have allocated enough free cars to transport everyone to the tournament in time, provided that you call with enough time to spare. Our main recommendation is:
Transtriumph Taxi – 052 644 444

If for some reason Transtriumph don’t respond, we recommend the following insurance choice:
Omega Taxi – 052 388 888

You can get from within walking distance of the Bus Station to within walking distance of both tournament sites, and back, by taking the 7 bus at the Tehnikumite stop (on the Bus Station end) and getting off at the Bazar Levski stop (on the tournament sites end) and vice versa:

Here are directions on how to get from the Bus and Train Stations to the Saturday tournament site – Technical University of Varna

Here are directions on how to get from the Bus and Train Stations to the Sunday tournament site – Yoan Ekzarh FLHS

Here are directions on how to get from the tournament hotels to Yoan Ekzarh FLHS

Here are directions on how to get from the tournament hotels to the Technical University of Varna

Debate Motions

Prepared motions

  • This house believes that using waste-to-energy incinerators is the most responsible method of handling waste management
  • This house supports the UK’s treatment of migrants
  • This house believes that the Feminist Movement should be rebranded as Egalitarianism (an equal-rights-for-all movement)

Impromptu topics

The themes for the National 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.

  • Social Media
  • Philosophy
  • Technology