Amrut Chowdhury Paradigm

Last changed Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 3:20 PM UTC

I debated for 5 years at Texas (Fall 2011 - Spring 2016 ). Now I am pursuing my MA in Comm at Baylor and coaching for them. 


tl;dr

  • I'm flowing on paper, slow down for theory or framework interps, argument transitions etc.
  • Don't be mean to your parter or the other team. Obviously debates can get tense but if things get unreasonable I will intervene and if you don't trust me with that brightline don't pref me. 
  • Defend what you do, or what you think debate should do
  • I place a good deal of weight on evidence quality, but only if they've been adequately explained 


Specifics

I think debate is an activity that provides a lot of different skills and different educational opportunities, and because of this I try not to have my preferences for what debate should be override how I judge debates. I prefer affs that engage the resolution either directly or through creative interpretations, but affs that criticize the resolution externally are fine as long as you defend the choice. Similarly, I prefer line by line, but if you want to forward arguments about a more wholistic form of argument evaluation make sure you start this early in the debate and defend it sufficiently. 

 A lot of how I view debate was formed by JV Reed, so i'm going to quote parts of his judge philosophy that resonate with me at length:

  • Many Aff advantages and many more Neg disadvantages and kritiks are so poorly constructed, with so many missing internal links that they hardly warrant a response by the opposing team.  This requires an attention to internal links, source quality, and also the depth of the warrant cited by a given piece of evidence ... I want to be clear about the preferences I have: I do not have a preference for K over policy or vice-versa. I do have a preference for debates where the debaters are working hard to make the most of their evidence. The teams I enjoy judging the most, whether K or Policy, will demonstrate in debates that their knowledge of the [subject] is substantial, and will make “cutting to the chase” their primary argument resolution tactic.
  • DA's - it is possible for there to be no risk of a disad. it is possible for you to win uniqueness decisively and there still be no risk of a link. link debates are very important to me. quality of link evidence, qualification of link authors etc is something to be considered. ... disads are little machines with lots of moving parts that all need to be considered in isolation, but also in concert. it is therefore better for you to talk to me in terms of the relationship between the risk of the link and the risk of the impact rather than treating these issues as completely discrete. 
  • K's - K's need a specific link. K's need examples. K's usually need better application/explanation of evidence more than they need more evidence. I prefer Ks that include a link to the plan. That does not mean that I don't think that reps Ks are illegit, but I do think that reps k's are more persuasive when the impact is explained in relation to the goals of the aff. and the intended projected consequences of the plan. Think "turns solvency" arguments here ... I am more interested in how a given mode of understanding/ideology implicates implementation of the plan, than I am in simplistic root cause (and therefore "turns case") allegations. 

This last section is particularly important to me, whether you are debating a plan or an advocacy, make sure that your argument engages the process of the affs mechanism in some capacity. 

I don't have any particularly nuanced views about counterplans, and to be honest I doubt I will judge many debates where that becomes relevant. The maxim justify what you do is relevant to every theory/T/Framework debate I evaluate. 

Speaker point scale:

29 - 30: Deserves to be in late elims. Has engaged the other teams arguments thoroughly, made strategic choices, and spoken extremly clearly 

28.6 - 29: Deserves to clear. Has made strategic choices and spoken relatively clearly

28.0-28.5: On the verge of clearing. Needs more strategic awareness and probably needs more clarity. 

27.5 - 28.0: Needs to work on clarity and overall flowability. May have dropped key arguments

27.3 - 27.5: Needs to work on clarity and overall flowability, Needs to work on filling speech time 

25.0 - 27.2: Was emotionally abusive to their partners or other participants in the debate. 

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
UMKC Baby Jo 9/16/2017 JV 5 UT San Antonio DC Johnson County Community CE AFF UT San Antonio DC
UMKC Baby Jo 9/16/2017 Open 7 Emporia State ES Central Oklahoma CM NEG Central Oklahoma CM
UMKC Baby Jo 9/16/2017 Open Octos Southern California BL Arizona State CR AFF Southern California BL
Southern California BL on a 3-0
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX R1 NPR BB Sauce Ontology LS NEG Sauce Ontology LS
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX R2 2 c00l 4 sk00l CP Rhombus of K Db8 TM AFF 2 c00l 4 sk00l CP
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX R3 BigBallerBrand LX FouCULT MG NEG FouCULT MG
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX R4 Sauce Ontology DM BigBallerBrand WB NEG BigBallerBrand WB
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX R5 UMICH 7wk K Lab LN BigBallerBrand DS AFF UMICH 7wk K Lab LN
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX Octas FouCULT PF UMICH 7wk K Lab Sp NEG UMICH 7wk K Lab Sp
UMICH 7wk K Lab Sp on a 1-0
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R1 AP Test Lab BH Rhombus of K Db8 DS AFF AP Test Lab BH
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R2 NPR CL Sauce Ontology RT NEG Sauce Ontology RT
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R3 NPR LL Sauce Ontology DM NEG Sauce Ontology DM
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R4 Rhombus of K Db8 RJ NPR BJ AFF Rhombus of K Db8 RJ
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R5 BigBallerBrand BZ Rhombus of K Db8 LW NEG Rhombus of K Db8 LW
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R6 Rhombus of K Db8 WT NPR JL AFF Rhombus of K Db8 WT
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/9/2017 CX 1 Baby Got Vaxx BM Tbh no BW AFF Baby Got Vaxx BM
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/9/2017 CX 2 Tbh no SL Baby Got Vaxx EK AFF Tbh no SL
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/9/2017 CX 4 Summer Survivors SS Baby Got Vaxx WP AFF Summer Survivors SS
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/9/2017 CX 6 Cool Sports JP Baby Got Vaxx ME AFF Cool Sports JP
UTNIF Skills 1 6/29/2017 CX R1 Cool Sports BM Tbh no LS AFF Cool Sports BM
UTNIF Skills 1 6/29/2017 CX R2 Cool Sports PJ Tbh no FG AFF Cool Sports PJ
UTNIF Skills 1 6/29/2017 CX R3 Magic School Bus IL Magic School Bus BS NEG Magic School Bus BS
UTNIF Skills 1 6/29/2017 CX R4 Magic School Bus WB Tbh no DQ AFF Magic School Bus WB
UTNIF Skills 1 6/29/2017 CX R5 Magic School Bus LC Cool Sports MS NEG Cool Sports MS
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Round 2 Emory GK Gonzaga SW AFF Emory GK
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Round 4 Wake Forest AS California, Berkeley MS NEG California, Berkeley MS
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Round 6 Wake Forest MM Wichita State OS NEG Wichita State OS
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Round 8 Emory FL Oklahoma WJ NEG Oklahoma WJ
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Doubles California, Berkeley MS Nevada Las Vegas AK AFF California, Berkeley MS
California, Berkeley MS on a 3-2
71st National Debate Tournament at KU 3/23/2017 Open Octos California, Berkeley MS Central Oklahoma HS AFF California, Berkeley MS
California, Berkeley MS on a 5-0
NDT District III MAC 2/17/2017 D3 1 Central Oklahoma CM Trinity DK NEG Trinity DK
NDT District III MAC 2/17/2017 MAC V 2 UT San Antonio GA Missouri - Kansas City HJ NEG Missouri - Kansas City HJ
NDT District III MAC 2/17/2017 D3 5 Central Oklahoma HS Oklahoma SP NEG Oklahoma SP
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 2 Emory GK Binghamton YA AFF Emory GK
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 3 Emory LB Gonzaga EB AFF Emory LB
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 5 Central Oklahoma HS Emory DP AFF Central Oklahoma HS
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 8 Wayne State HM Wake Forest MM NEG Wake Forest MM
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open OCTAS Emory FL Southern California BL AFF Emory FL
Emory FL on a 4-1
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN 1 Indiana NT West Georgia MJ NEG West Georgia MJ
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN 2 Nevada Las Vegas GH Wake Forest AS NEG Wake Forest AS
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN 3 Indiana DG Nevada Las Vegas CW NEG Nevada Las Vegas CW
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN 5 Missouri - Kansas City AT Wake Forest MM AFF Missouri - Kansas City AT
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN 6 UC Berkeley MS Towson BM AFF UC Berkeley MS
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN Doubles Rutgers-Newark NM Nevada Las Vegas AK AFF Rutgers-Newark NM
Rutgers-Newark NM on a 3-0
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN Octos Rutgers-Newark NM Emory GK NEG Emory GK
Emory GK on a 2-1
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 1 Nevada Las Vegas AK MIT Policy Debate GS AFF Nevada Las Vegas AK
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 2 Indiana PS Towson BM NEG Towson BM
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 3 UC Berkeley SM Emory DP AFF UC Berkeley SM
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 4 Liberty BD Indiana NT AFF Liberty BD
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 6 Emory FL Oklahoma WJ AFF Emory FL
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var Octos Harvard MS Oklahoma PS NEG Oklahoma PS
Harvard MS on a 2-1
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 JV Final San Francisco State BG Louisville WW NEG Louisville WW
Louisville WW on a 3-0
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX 1 Airlin WW CadMag CJ NEG CadMag CJ
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX 2 WB SS Lindal TD NEG Lindal TD
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX 3 AusSFA RS Coppel DC NEG Coppel DC
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX 5 HerHal DV Kinkai RB AFF HerHal DV
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX 6 CroChr SD Lindal MW NEG Lindal MW
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX Octo LibArt MS CadMag CJ AFF LibArt MS
LibArt MS on a 3-0
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX Quarter LibArt MV HerHal DV NEG HerHal DV
HerHal DV on a 3-0
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR RD 5 Liberty BD Missouri - Kansas City HJ AFF Liberty BD
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR DBLS Towson BM Central Oklahoma HS NEG Central Oklahoma HS
Towson BM on a 3-2
UCO Joe C Jackson Tournament 11/4/2016 Nov 2 Illinois HH UTSA OG AFF Illinois HH
UCO Joe C Jackson Tournament 11/4/2016 Open Round 4 Kansas DG UCO CC NEG UCO CC
UCO Joe C Jackson Tournament 11/4/2016 Open Round 5 UNI KM WSU CW AFF UNI KM
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Nov 2 Indiana NK James Madison AL NEG James Madison AL
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open 3 Indiana NT Oklahoma JW NEG Oklahoma JW
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open 4 Wake Forest CR Harvard AM AFF Wake Forest CR
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 JV 5 Wayne State HW Vanderbilt JR AFF Wayne State HW
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open 8 Michigan WR Dartmouth EX AFF Michigan WR
UMKC Baby Jo Memorial 9/17/2016 Nov 1 Illinois Shahriari & Henderson Johnson County Community Choong & Keil NEG Johnson County Community Choong & Keil
UMKC Baby Jo Memorial 9/17/2016 JV 4 Towson Gillespie & Underdue UT Dallas Kapoor & Baez NEG UT Dallas Kapoor & Baez
UMKC Baby Jo Memorial 9/17/2016 Open 5 Arizona State Quint & Ram Kansas State Leyba & Risovi-Hendrickson AFF Arizona State Quint & Ram
UMKC Baby Jo Memorial 9/17/2016 Open 8 Towson Booker & Medeiros Wichita State O'Donnell & Saunders AFF Towson Booker & Medeiros
Showdown 2 8/1/2016 CX 1 Bush did... ZV Senkaku Lichens FTW GR AFF Bush did... ZV
Showdown 2 8/1/2016 CX 3 Senkaku Lichens FTW CN SeaLab 2021 CH AFF Senkaku Lichens FTW CN
Showdown 2 8/1/2016 CX 5 Bush did... ZK No More Parties at UT PS NEG No More Parties at UT PS
Showdown 2 8/1/2016 CX Octas Bush did... MW Bush did... JH AFF Bush did... MW
Bush did... MW on a 1-0
Showdown 2 8/1/2016 CX Qtrs Bush did... MW Bush did... MC NEG Bush did... MC
Bush did... MC on a 3-0
UTNIF Skills 2 7/22/2016 CX 1 No More Parties at UT GK Pan Da Monium LN AFF No More Parties at UT GK
UTNIF Skills 2 7/22/2016 CX 2 SeaLab 2021 PW CS NEG CS
UTNIF Skills 2 7/22/2016 CX 3 CW No More Parties at UT CD NEG No More Parties at UT CD
UTNIF Skills 2 7/22/2016 CX 4 Pan Da Monium SZ SeaLab 2021 GP AFF Pan Da Monium SZ
UTNIF Skills 2 7/22/2016 CX 6 Pan Da Monium WS No More Parties at UT Re NEG No More Parties at UT Re
Showdown 1 7/10/2016 CX Round 2 KnightsOfQueenSits GH Jishn00dlez JW NEG Jishn00dlez JW
Showdown 1 7/10/2016 CX Round 3 Jishn00dlez FF IllumiDATi JS AFF Jishn00dlez FF
Showdown 1 7/10/2016 CX Round 4 ToonSquad JK Jishn00dlez GN NEG Jishn00dlez GN
Showdown 1 7/10/2016 CX Round 5 IllumiDATi RX Jishn00dlez WZ AFF IllumiDATi RX
Showdown 1 7/10/2016 CX Round 6 Jishn00dlez GV Jishn00dlez MZ AFF Jishn00dlez GV
Showdown 1 7/10/2016 CX Qtrs Jishn00dlez FF IllumiDATi RX AFF Jishn00dlez FF
Jishn00dlez FF on a 3-0
Texas Shootout Round Robin 12/6/2015 CX 4 Bronx Science GM Reagan XR NEG Reagan XR
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/4/2015 CCX 5 BelCP PR Hendri BS AFF BelCP PR
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 1 Bill Russell's Sprouts CG #ThanksObama GB AFF Bill Russell's Sprouts CG
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 2 Wu Tangerz CM #ThanksObama/Bill Russell's Sprouts IB NEG #ThanksObama/Bill Russell's Sprouts IB
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 3 Vanilla ISIS/Bill Russell's Sprouts JC #ThanksObama HW NEG #ThanksObama HW
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 4 MisanthrophicMedley CH Some Cthulhu Deity TY NEG Some Cthulhu Deity TY
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 5 Some Cthulhu Deity NU Vanilla ISIS TS AFF Some Cthulhu Deity NU
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 6 MisanthrophicMedley PT Bill Russell's Sprouts TK NEG Bill Russell's Sprouts TK
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX Octos Wu Tangerz AG #ThanksObama SS AFF Wu Tangerz AG
Wu Tangerz AG on a 1-0
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX Qtrs Wu Tangerz AG Some Cthulhu Deity MC AFF Wu Tangerz AG
Wu Tangerz AG on a 2-1
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX Semis Wu Tangerz RR #ThanksObama/Bill Russell's Sprouts LA AFF Wu Tangerz RR
#ThanksObama/Bill Russell's Sprouts LA on a 2-1
UTNIF Skills Tournament 2 7/24/2015 CX 1 Bill Russell's Sprouts HU #ThanksObama GW AFF Bill Russell's Sprouts HU
UTNIF Skills Tournament 2 7/24/2015 CX 2 Bill Russell's Sprouts LK #ThanksObama/Bill Russell's Sprouts LA NEG #ThanksObama/Bill Russell's Sprouts LA
UTNIF Skills Tournament 2 7/24/2015 CX 3 MisanthrophicMedley NZ Bill Russell's Sprouts CL NEG Bill Russell's Sprouts CL
UTNIF Skills Tournament 2 7/24/2015 CX 4 Vanilla ISIS/Bill Russell's Sprouts EJ Bill Russell's Sprouts TO NEG Bill Russell's Sprouts TO
UTNIF Skills Tournament 2 7/24/2015 CX 5 #ThanksObama HH #ThanksObama HV NEG #ThanksObama HV
UTNIF Skills Tournament 2 7/24/2015 CX 6 MisanthrophicMedley CR Vanilla ISIS TH NEG Vanilla ISIS TH
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 1 Trump 2016 KR Masty's Mastodons LO NEG Masty's Mastodons LO
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 2 Wai R Ho Wai R ZJ Masty's Mastodons SC NEG Masty's Mastodons SC
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 3 Masty's Mastodons GB Masty's Mastodons PH AFF Masty's Mastodons GB
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 4 Masty's Mastodons RR Masty's Mastodons GA NEG Masty's Mastodons GA
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 5 Wai R Ho Wai R CJ Mastys Mastodons CS NEG Mastys Mastodons CS
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 6 Wai R Ho Wai R TS #Incoherent MG AFF Wai R Ho Wai R TS
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Finals Masty's Mastodons GB Masty's Mastodons GA NEG Masty's Mastodons GA
Masty's Mastodons GB on a 2-1
Tournament of Champions 4/26/2014 CX 4 Jenks DR C.E. Byrd GN NEG C.E. Byrd GN
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX 1 St Francis GuRa Loyola AC AFF St Francis GuRa
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX 2 Johns Creek SX Niles West CK NEG Niles West CK
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX 3 Loyola NG Kinkaid RB NEG Kinkaid RB
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX 4 Glenbrook North HK Chicago Lab Schools NY NEG Chicago Lab Schools NY
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX 6 C.E. Byrd GN Cedar Ridge PR NEG Cedar Ridge PR
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX 7 CK McClatchy GH California Academy of Forensics HL AFF CK McClatchy GH