james chen

  • Paradigm
  • Record
Paradigm Statement
Last changed 21 May 2020 1:21 PM EDT

Paradigm:

I debated for 5 years so I can handle tech speed etc. Personally, I've never found paradigms very useful. My best advice would be to just debate the way you're most accustomed to and you'll probably be most likely to win by ballot anyway. But, if you want the specifics of my preferences, read below:

Things I like:

  1. logical analysis
    1. smart analytics + evidence always beat evidence. blipping a bunch of evidence is not very strategic / convincing.
  2. Front-lining in second rebuttal
    1. Given the new summary times, it would make 1st FF basically impossible if you waited until 2nd Summary to do all of your frontlines for 3 min. I can't force you to frontline in 2nd rebuttal but frontlines you wait longer to make will be given less weight, and I will have a lower bar for what counts as a good response in the 1FF
  3. Weighing
    1. You do don't need to rely on buzzwords like "probability" and "timeframe" just make sure to spend time directly comparing offense

Things I don’t like:

  1. New contentions read in 2nd rebuttal
    1. They’re abusive, given that summary is only 2 min. They’re also usually fairly bad arguments but only strategic because they’re tough to respond to so late. These are usually disguised as “offensive overviews” or “Disads”. I will be very hesitant to vote on these.
    2. This also means if you read a tiny turn in 2nd rebuttal and blow it up in 2nd FF I will be much less inclined to vote on it.
  2. Theory / K / progressive arguments
    1. I will evaluate them, but I have a low bar for what counts as a good response to these arguments. Also I never properly learned about these arguments so if the round devolves into a theory round I’ll (probably) make a bad decision.
  3. Over-competitiveness
    1. A kind of vague category which includes things like trying to reexplain arguments to me as you hand me evidence, being rude in CX, or stealing prep time while you call for cards.
Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF Finals Ashwin Balaje & Rohan Jaisinghani Rylan Schendel & Nicholas Trujillo Aff Aff 9-0
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R9 Summit FMK Bhalla & Blanton Summit AKS Patel & Kim Neg
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF Double Sam Hernandez & Trey Plante Jason Hu & Michelle Zhao Neg Neg 2-1
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R9 Forum YEJ Missell & Menon Forum SCM Yusaf Aff
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R8 Forum SKS Kamadolli & Garg Symposium HWC Shea & Gupta Aff
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R7 Summit CAC Trujillo & Schendel Apex FMJ Semimoto & Bovenzi Neg
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R6 Sean Lee & Florence Zhu Ryan Song & Saarang Ramabhadran Aff
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R6 Summit SDS Tang & Saravanan Apex BWW Benitez & Zhu Neg
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R6 Stefan Boone & Ben Kirsch Arjun Maheshwari & Ryan Zhu Neg
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R5 Charles Chen & Ethan Wang Benjamin You & Talya Jacoby Aff
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R5 Summit AKS Srivastava & Satheesh Apex BWW Maheshwari & Zhu Neg
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R4 Apex MMF Yoon & Spicer Apex FMJ Marsh & Bilson Aff
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R4 Lucas Bowerman & Rylen Patel Irene Do & Chas Huang Aff
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R4 Forum ODL Wang & Wang Forum SKS Heathcote & Chen Aff
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R3 Rohan Patel & Chase Keskinyan Hattie Bilson & Ruby Marsh Neg
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R3 Aanan Biswas & Rishi Gowda Daniel Liu & Andrew Pan Aff
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R3 Summit CAC De leon & Gold Summit AKS Jain Aff
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R2 Anli Liu & Arnav Sinha Sanjita Pamidmukkala & Ben Baisinger-Rosen Aff
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R2 Jack Johnson & Morgan Swigert Aiden Wright & Alexander Wright Aff
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R2 Summit CCG Thampoe & Hassen Summit CCG Shilts & Mirza Neg
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R1 Summit CCG Nazare & Shao Summit CCG Dey Meyer & Meyer Aff
NDF Boston Intensive 2019-07-13 PF R1 Summit CCG Wu & Sun Summit CCG Williams & Panicker Aff
Tournament of Champions HS 2019-04-27 PFG Octofi University KY Strake Jesuit DS Con Con 3-0
Tournament of Champions HS 2019-04-27 PFG R6 SPA MS Oakton ZY Con
Tournament of Champions HS 2019-04-27 PFG R5 Horace Mann SM Walt Whitman KK Con
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPF Octafi Blake GJ Cranbrook RK Pro Pro 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPF Triple Edina MW Theodore Roosevelt AC Con Con 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 JVPF R6 Medina Senior AB Potomac CF Pro
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 JVPF R6 Potomac SW Morristown West BM Pro
NDF Boston HS 2018-07-07 MINH Semifi Apex MSM Cigale & Shankar Summit MA Routray & Tewary Aff Aff 5-0
NDF Boston HS 2018-07-07 MINH Quarte Apex MSM Kaye & Fernandez Summit SPM Raganathan & Sjostrom Aff Aff 5-0
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 PRAC Round Summit MA Howell & Manente Summit SPM Razzak & Ong Pro
NDF Boston HS 2018-07-07 PRAC 7 Apex MMS Brown & Hazeldine Summit SPM Raganathan & Sjostrom Pro
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 PRAC 7 Forum KK Paulson & Fultz Summit SM Cuellar & Choi Con
NDF Boston HS 2018-07-07 MINH Double Forum KM Huang & Nie Summit WZ Chapple & Yu Neg Neg 2-1
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 MINH R7 Forum Lin & Hu Summit NR Vedire & Ross Aff
NDF Boston HS 2018-07-07 PRAC 6 Forum KK Binnmyr & Shi Forum PH Hassan & Calvillo Pro
NDF Boston HS 2018-07-07 MINH R7 Forum SM Wenger & Ali Summit WZ Liu & Tewari Neg
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 PRAC 6 Summit DL Yeung & Brew Forum MA Billa & Lu Pro
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 MINH R6 Forum FZ Arra & Gundamaraju Forum MZ Urbina & Sarwar Neg
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 PRAC 5 Forum CS Zhu & Wei Forum MZ Doerr & McKenzie Con
NDF Boston HS 2018-07-07 MINH R6 Summit SD Khan & Kaufmann Forum MZ Linbeck & Dubey Aff
NDF Boston HS 2018-07-07 PRAC 5 Forum HPF Pejavar & Mukherjee Forum SM Louis & DeFord Con
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 MINH R5 Symposium HC Dadaille Symposium HC Geiorgini & Gao Neg
NDF Boston HS 2018-07-07 PRAC 4 Forum HPF Enseleit & Smith Forum MB Reid & O'Donnell Con
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 PRAC 4 Forum MA Kurapati & Bethi Forum FZ Lee & Koirala Pro
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 MINH R4 Summit MK Walters & Dintzer Forum CS Hoang & Lee Aff
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 PRAC 3 Summit SPM 1 & 2 Summit NR Ross & Vedire Con
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 MINH R4 Forum OJB Duarte & Blanton Forum MZ Voller-Brown & Sanyal Aff
NDF Boston HS 2018-07-07 PRAC 3 Apex MMS Kaye & Fernandez Apex BMJ Dowdall & Donowho Pro
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 PRAC 2 Summit VC Dupre & Curry Summit VC He & Lee Con
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 MINH R3 Forum KK Shukla & Singh Forum FZ Lee & Koirala Aff
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 MINH R2 Forum YK Olson & Perri Summit NR Mussa & Jiang Neg
NDF Boston HS 2018-07-07 MINH R2 Forum MZ Pradhan & Vishwanath Forum TG Sun & Katragadda Neg
NDF Boston HS 2018-07-07 MINH R1 Apex MSM Hazeldine & Brown Apex BMJ Cuello-Wolfe & Erard Aff
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 PRAC R1 Summit VC Romo & Kaner Summit VC Ronson & Holmes Pro
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 MINH R1 Summit MA Kuang & Hepburn Forum OJB Li & Brigham Aff
NDF Boston 2018-07-07 PRAC R1 Summit VC He & Lee Summit VC Cresap & Bratt Con