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Spring East Tournament in Varna

  • Petar Beron Math High School (map)

This is the Tournament Portal for our Spring East Tournament in Varna. The upcoming tournament will be held at Dr. Petar Beron Math High School on March 16-17, 2019. Registration for the tournament has now closed.


The official letter of invitation for the tournament is available here. If you want a customized letter mailed to your school, e-mail us at


Tournament press releases in English and Bulgarian are coming soon!


Saturday, March 16th

9:30 - 11:00 - Team Check In
10:00 - 12:00 - Judge Briefing Session 1
12:00 -  Opening Ceremony
13:00 -  Round 1 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
             Judge Briefing Session 2
14:15 -  Round 1 Flight A: Debate (Prepared) and Poetry
15:30 -  Round 2 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
16:45 -  Round 2 Flight A: Debate (Impromptu) and Poetry
18:15 -  Quarterfinals: Varsity Prose, Varsity Oratory, Varsity Duo
             Semifinals: Novice Oratory, Novice Prose, Novice Duo
19:30 -  Quarterfinals: Poetry
             Round 3: Debate (Prepared)
20:45 -  Semifinals: Varsity Oratory, Varsity Prose, and Varsity Duo

Sunday, March 17th

8:30 -   Semi-finals: Poetry
            Round 4: Debate (Impromptu)
10:00 - Finals: Prose, Oratory, and Duo
11:30 - Finals: Poetry and Debate
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 your ticket back from the tournament location as well, as we cannot reimburse you without being presented tickets. 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 has closed.


The team roster and hotels spreadsheet is no longer available since registration has closed. If you have any edits to your attendees, e-mail us at

In compliance with European GDPR laws, any student under the age of 18 who wishes to attend this BEST tournament needs to have this photo release form printed and signed by their parent/guardian. Students 18 and over need to print this form and sign it themselves. All students’ coaches are responsible to send photographic proof (photos or scans) of the filled-out forms to BEST by the registration deadline. If they fail to do so, the students’ registration is void.


The Scholarship application form is no longer available since registration has closed.


Here are some taxi numbers for transport between hotels and the tournament site, if needed:

  • 052 644 444 - Triumph Taxi

  • 052 500 000 - Lasiya Taxi

  • 052 500 500 - OK Taxi

The tournament hotels can be found in this list.

Bus stops of interest are the following - Delfinariuma (located very close to the school), as well as Studentska (located very close to the tournament hotels).

The tournament will take place at Maths High School Petar Beron, which can be found on this Google map:


You can find list of restaurants in town here.


Novice Prepared:

  • THBT teachers should not be permitted to contact students through social media platforms.

  • THBT the state should make efforts to reintroduce endangered species to habitats where they have been eliminated through poaching.

  • TH would introduce an Internet voting system in Bulgaria.

Novice Impromptu hints:

  • Education

  • Government Representation

Varsity Prepared:

  • TH, as the Balkan States, would make a joint bid to host the Olympic Games.

  • "THBT truth and reconciliation commissions are a better response to past political violence than punishment.

  • THBT students in US high schools should be allowed to take classes in programming languages, such as Java or Python, to fulfill foreign language requirements*.

    *Certain US high schools which require students to have spent time studying a foreign language are now recognizing time spent studying a programming language as meeting their foreign language requirements.

Varsity Impromptu hints:

  • Feminism

  • Vegetarianism