Category Archive Tournament Reports

ByJos Buijvoets

[Dutch Nationals 2021] Debating from a holiday home on Schiermonnikoog

The Dutch National Debating Championships (or NK for short) is the calling card and annual highlight of the Dutch debating community. It is the most attractive event for new members, it is the best prize for competitive debaters, and it is the tournament that people who have retired for years want to do again. I was really looking forward to the NK 2020 in Utrecht. I saw that Jelte Schievels and the organizing committee were creating something beautiful. There was a nice website, good promotion, and low registration fees. Unfortunately, the NK was eventually forced to move online to 2021 due to the corona crisis. How was this and did the organization manage to guarantee the survival of our most beautiful event?

Read More
ByJulie Nyerges

[Groningen Open 2021] Thinking, debating, winning trophies

Source cover image: RTV Noord

Last weekend, the Groninger Debating Society Kalliope hosted the first-ever edition of the Groningen Open. Despite the long and successful tradition of Kalliope debaters contributing to the Dutch debating circuit, there has never been an international tournament held in Groningen. However, that changed on the 8th of May 2021, when over 120 participants from all across the world gathered in the cybersphere to exchange ideas and debate current issues. While few of us were physically in Groningen, the friendly atmosphere, interesting topics and the hard-working organizational team helped make the competition a pleasant and immersive experience.

Read More
ByMariska Frelier

[Tilburg Women’s Open 2021] A successful introduction to BP tournaments

Tilburg Women’s Open 2021 was one of the first BP tournaments I have been able to attend. It was certainly a successful introduction to the Dutch debating circuit. The online environment, Discord, which had to be used out of necessity, gave the opportunity for many international teams to join it as well. A familiarity at this time but also an extra opportunity for me as a newcomer to learn a lot and, of course, meet new people.

Read More
ByYige Liu

[Leiden Open 2021] Definitely a memorable experience

Source cover image:

This year, the first-ever online Leiden Open was held on the 27th and 28th of March. The tournament ran on a mixture of online platforms including Discord and Zoom. After 5 preliminary rounds of debate, the top 16 teams broke to the quarterfinals as well as the top 4 Pro-Am teams who broke to the Pro-Am final. At the end of the weekend, Klaudia Maciejewska and Kat Jansen brought the trophy home by winning the Grand Final!

As someone fairly new to the Dutch debate circuit, debating at Leiden Open 2021 was definitely a memorable experience for me. With teams from Croatia to the Philippines, you were bound to run into experienced opponents from all over the world. On top of that, the qualified adjudicators only added to the quality of the tournament. 

Read More
ByMike Weltevrede

[Bonapartian Debate Tournament 2021] Unfortunately, no “Axel bun” or “Amber pistolet”

One of the most useful skills you gain from competitive debating is to be able to think and react quickly. You can use this in your studies, your work, and sometimes even at the kitchen table. You may learn this even better in the American Parliamentary debate format than in British Parliamentary debates (especially when the debates are in your native tongue). I really like that about AP and that’s why I participated with Jos Buijvoets (who doesn’t know him?) in the Bonapartian Debate Tournament 2021.

Read More
ByJoris Graff

[Utrecht Online Open 2021] The highest echelon of online debate tournaments

Although the Utrecht Debating Society has long been one of the reliable pillars of the Dutch debating world, the association had never organized an international tournament. Until 2018, the English-language UCU Opens, which were organized by the independent University College Utrecht, took place but after this small association collapsed, a gaping void in the middle of the Netherlands emerged on the international debate map. Until January 2021, because the association seized the transition to online debating to organize the first Utrecht Online Open, without being dependent on the excessive rates that Utrecht University demands for accommodation. Thus, on Saturday, January 16, debaters from the American West Coast to India gathered in a shared cyberspace to experience the organizational science of the Dom city.

Read More
ByRoel Becker

[Nijmegen Open 2020] Getting more and more used to online debating

Source cover image:

On December 19, 2020, the first Nijmegen Online Open took place. It was great to see the lovely Trivium organize another competition, especially because the society has certainly seen its ups and downs over the last years. On top of that, it was a special competition for me personally: Nijmegen is where I grew up, started debating, and the place where I CAd my first (and now probably last) competition.

Read More
ByNederlandse Debatbond

The Netherlands wins the European Debating Championships!

After nine preliminary rounds and seven final rounds in total, two teams of the Leiden Debating Union have won the finals of the European Debating Championships! Katharina Margareta Jansen and Louis Honee did not only reach the finals for teams with English as a Second Language (ESL) but also the open finals. David Metz and Emma Lucas also reached the open finals; there were two Dutch teams in this final round!

In the end, Katharina and Louis have won the ESL finals and David and Emma are taking home the trophy for the open finals. This is an incredibly impressive achievement!

We have also kept a live blog with more information per day. Check that out here!

You can watch the ESL finals here
You can watch the open finals here
ByEUDC, WUDC and WSDC Reporter

[Astana EUDC 2020] The European Debating Championships

Day 1

By: Harmen de Jong (Utrecht Debating Society)

Today (August 2, 2020) was the first day of the Astana EUDC, the European Championships in debating. Because of the coronavirus, the tournament takes place on Discord and Zoom, so a trip to Kazakhstan is unfortunately not possible. Partially because everyone can join from their living room, the judge panels are very strong this year; every room has 3 to 5 judges and many rooms even have two judges that I would put in the chair, without a doubt. Do expect a competitive judge break and strong calls, even though Leiden A did actually earn the first place in round 3.

Read More
ByMike Weltevrede

[Delft Open 2020] The first online tournament in the Netherlands!

The corona crisis hit everything, including the debate sport. Earlier this year, the Erasmus Rotterdam Open, the Kalliope Groningen Open, and the Benelux Debate Competition, among others, already fell at the virus’ hand. Where several (student) debating tournaments were held online internationally, this was not the case in the Netherlands. However, the TU Delft Debating Club did not give up: they simply held their debating tournament online!

Read More