West Tournament in Vratsa, November 19-20, 2016

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the West region! The upcoming West tournament will be at Yoan Ekzarh FLHS in Vratsa on November 19-20. 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.


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

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

Tournament Schedule

Saturday, November 19

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

Sunday, November 20

8:30: Round 4: Debate (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 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 sign-up for the tournament has ended.

Team Roster Spreadsheet

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


The school canteen is open on both tournament days. For the restaurants below we recommend that you call and make dinner reservations as soon as you know the size of your team.

Vinarna restaurant (open until 1:30am) – 092 663 607

Pintata restaurant (open until 12:00am) – 092 621 873

Troya restaurant – 092 665 577

Slavyanski Kat restaurant (open until 1:00am) – 092 665 483

Metalik restaurant – 092 624 328

Vili restaurant (open until 12:00am) – 0882 935 844

Triumph restaurant – 092 661 448

Nashentsi restaurant (open until 1:30am) – 092 660 206


The first tournament hotel is Hotel Hemus.
The address of Hotel Hemus is 1 Hristo Botev sq., 3000 Vratsa.
The price of Hotel Hemus is 30 leva per person per night.

The second tournament hotel is Hotel Mira.
The address of Hotel Mira is 8 San Stefano st., 3001 Vratsa.
The price of Hotel Mira is 20 leva per person per night.

The third tournament hotel is Hotel Zora.
The address of Hotel Zora is 129 Vtori Yuni blvd., 3001 Vratsa.
The price of Hotel Zora is 23 leva per person per night.

The fourth tournament hotel is Hotel Hashove.
The address of Hotel Hashove is Kopana Mogila, Vratsa.
The price of Hotel Hashove is 23 leva per person per night.

The fifth tournament hotel is Hotel Flamingo.
The address of Hotel Flamingo is 89 Vtori Yuni blvd., 3001 Vratsa.
The price of Hotel Flamingo is 15 leva per person per night.


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

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

Debate Motions

Prepared motions

  • This house would impose taxes on countries based on their waste.
  • This house believes that the cost of space exploration is justified.
  • This house believes that the government should provide resources and incentives for refugees to remain in Bulgaria instead of moving towards Western Europe.

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 programs
  • Bioethics