Bristol/Kyiv wins Astana Open

Datum: Oct 8th, 2020
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Category: international, News of debating clubs, Turniere

The final of the Astana Open 2020 was won by the team Arie Potter and Ron Weasley (Arie Mora, Ron Leizrowice; Kiev/Bristol). Out of Closing Opposition, they defeated the Opening Government MDM A (Jason Woods, Maurice Coutiel; Edinburgh/London), Opening Opposition Astana is where I put my laptop (Eyal Horowitz, Boaz Katzir; Tel Aviv) and Closing Government we can do anything we put our minds to 💓🧚🏼‍♀️✨just not this🤩🦋🧚🏼‍♀️ (Daniela Williams, Isabelle Healy; Dublin). The debate on the motion “THBT the Kremlin should support Svetlana Tichanovskaya (incl. infoslide) was judged by Milla Huuskonen as chair, Aigerim Shadeyeva, Caoimhin Hamill, Dani Georgiev and Roy Schulman.

The Pro-Am final saw a victory from Closing Opposition as well, with Squeaky Frog A (Julia Wright, Cveta Gotovats) defeating Opening Government we can do anything we put our minds to 💓🧚🏼‍♀️✨just not this🤩🦋🧚🏼‍♀️ (Daniela Williams, Isabelle Healy), Opening Opposition UDS board duty (Harmen de Jong, Silke Zwart) and Closing Government Gymtlemen (Galymzhan Makashev, Kanat Islambekov). The motion read “THBT governments of developed countries should invest significantly in space exploration”. Ajudicating were Joona Suhonen as chair, Hadar Goldberg, Jack Williams, Lior Sokol and Sarah Tay.

Best speaker of the tournament was Ron Leizrowice witz an average of 80.8 speaker points. Best Novice speaker was Julia Wright, averaging 77.8 speaks.

Team Break:
1. Arie Potter and Ron Weasley (Arie Mora, Ron Leizrowice) – 14 pts | 806 spks
2. Na opyte (Dauren Binazarov, Roman Kogay) – 13 pts | 798 spks
3. MDM A (Jason Woods, Maurice Coutiel) – 12 pts | 793 spks
4. Kyzylzhar A (Mukhtar Tashkenbayev, Nurzhan Onashabay) – 11 pts | 791 spks
5. Universally Basic Incase (you didnt know) (Nicole O’Sullivan, Joshua Kemp) – 11 pts | 788 spks
6. Squeaky Frog A (Julia Wright, Cveta Gotovats) – 11 pts | 782 spks
7. we can do anything we put our minds to 💓🧚🏼‍♀️✨just not this🤩🦋🧚🏼‍♀️(Daniela Williams, Isabelle Healy) – 10 pts | 776 spks
8. Astana is where I put my laptop (Eyal Horowitz, Boaz Katzir) – 10 pts | 768 spks

Pro-Am Break:
1. Squeaky Frog A (Julia Wright, Cveta Gotovats) – 11 pts | 782 spks
2. we can do anything we put our minds to 💓🧚🏼‍♀️✨just not this🤩🦋🧚🏼‍♀️(Daniela Williams, Isabelle Healy) – 10 pts | 776 spks
3. Gymtlemen (Galymzhan Makashev, Kanat Islambekov) – 9 pts | 768 spks
4. UDS board duty (Harmen de Jong, Silke Zwart) – 9 pts | 757 spks

Adjudication Break:
Aigerim Shadeyeva, Caoimhin Hamill, Dani Georgiev, George Filippopoulos, Hadar Goldberg, Jack Synnott, Jack Williams, Joona Suhonen, Lena Kolle, Lior Sokol, Lucía Arce Cubas, Maciej Lulewicz, Milla Huuskonen, Roy Schulman and Sarah Tay

Top 10 Speakers (speaks on average):
1. Ron Leizrowice – 80.8
2. Dauren Binazarov – 80.6
3. Arie Mora – 80.4
4. Mukhtar Tashkenbayev – 79.6
5. Jason Woods – 79.4
6. Maurice Coutiel – 79.2
7. Joshua Kemp – 79.0
7. Roman Kogay – 79.0
9. Nicole O’Sullivan – 78.6
9. Cveta Gotovats – 78.6
9. Nurzhan Onashabay – 78.6

Top 5 novice speakers:
1. Julia Wright – 77.8
2. Isabelle Healy – 77.6
3. Kanat Islambekov – 76.6
4. Nicolas Ivanov – 75.0
4. Altynay Zamanbekova – 75.0

The tournament was convened by the Astana Debate Union and featured 5 in-rounds with a break to semifinals as well as a Pro-Am final. The Chief Adjudication consisted of Lena Kolle, Hadar Goldberg, Sarah Tay and Aigerim Shadeyeva who were supported by Marthe Wijfjes and Ayazhan Ramazanova as tab team. Equity officers were Lucy McManus and Shynar Akhmetova.

The Motions:

R1: THO the use of shaming as a practice by activists.

R2: Infoslide: Writing-off loans (otherwise known as consumer loan debt relief) is a policy adopted by the Kazakh government, where the government forgives the low-income people’s debts owed to banks or microfinance firms

THBT Kazakhstan should abandon writing-off loans policy.

R3: Infoslide: You are an old, unrecognized talented artist. You have recently recieved a job opportunity in a big firm, that promises you a large funding and exposure to your art. The position is contingent on you agreeing to censor the political parts in your works.

THW take the job.

R4: THBT universities should prioritize increasing diversity (e.g. gender, ethnicity, etc.) among faculty members, even at the expense of qualification.

R5: THO the expectation in committed romantic relationships that they are long-term.

SF: THBT government agencies that regulate vaccines should only test whether a vaccine is safe, not whether it is effective, before approving it for public use.

Pro-Am F: THBT governments of developed countries should invest significantly in space exploration.

F: Infoslide: Svetlana Tichanovskaya is a Belarusian human rights activist and politician who ran for the 2020 Belarusian presidential election as the main opposition candidate.

THBT the Kremlin should support Svetlana Tichanovskaya.

 

jm.

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