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
72nd National Debate Tournament at Wichita State 3/22/2018 Open Round 2 Emory FG UC Berkeley RN AFF
72nd National Debate Tournament at Wichita State 3/22/2018 Open Round 6 Missouri - Kansas City JS Wake Forest MR NEG
72nd National Debate Tournament at Wichita State 3/22/2018 Open Round 7 Central Oklahoma HS Harvard AM AFF
72nd National Debate Tournament at Wichita State 3/22/2018 Open Round 8 Wake Forest EF Gonzaga DW AFF
Texas Open 2/3/2018 TXO 4 Iowa NO Emory BS AFF
Texas Open 2/3/2018 TXO 5 Emory SY Iowa GL AFF
Texas Open 2/3/2018 TXO Doubles Iowa GL Emory DP AFF
Iowa GL on a 3-2
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2018 Open 3 Emory SY Cal State Fullerton RR AFF
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2018 Open 5 Wake Forest EF UC Berkeley GF AFF
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2018 Open Doubles Southern California BL Central Oklahoma HS AFF
Southern C on a 3-0
Cal Swing 1 1/3/2018 Open Octo Southern California BL Oklahoma WP NEG
Oklahoma W on a 2-1
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/11/2017 SHIR RD 2 Emory MM Wake Forest MR NEG
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/11/2017 SHIR RD 4 Emory BL Southern California BL NEG
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University 11/11/2017 SHIR DBLS UC Berkeley FG Wake Forest AD NEG
Wake Fores on a 5-0
UMKC Baby Jo 9/16/2017 JV 5 UT San Antonio DC Johnson County Community CE AFF
UMKC Baby Jo 9/16/2017 Open 7 Emporia State ES Central Oklahoma CM NEG
UMKC Baby Jo 9/16/2017 Open Octos Southern California BL Arizona State CR AFF
Southern C on a 3-0
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX R1 NPR BB Sauce Ontology LS NEG
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX R2 2 c00l 4 sk00l CP Rhombus of K Db8 TM AFF
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX R3 BigBallerBrand LX FouCULT MG NEG
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX R4 Sauce Ontology DM BigBallerBrand WB NEG
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX R5 UMICH 7wk K Lab LN BigBallerBrand DS AFF
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX Octas FouCULT PF UMICH 7wk K Lab Sp NEG
UMICH 7wk on a 1-0
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R1 AP Test Lab BH Rhombus of K Db8 DS AFF
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R2 NPR CL Sauce Ontology RT NEG
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R3 NPR LL Sauce Ontology DM NEG
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R4 Rhombus of K Db8 RJ NPR BJ AFF
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R5 BigBallerBrand BZ Rhombus of K Db8 LW NEG
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R6 Rhombus of K Db8 WT NPR JL AFF
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/9/2017 CX 1 Baby Got Vaxx BM Tbh no BW AFF
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/9/2017 CX 2 Tbh no SL Baby Got Vaxx EK AFF
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/9/2017 CX 4 Summer Survivors SS Baby Got Vaxx WP AFF
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/9/2017 CX 6 Cool Sports JP Baby Got Vaxx ME AFF
UTNIF Skills 1 6/29/2017 CX R1 Cool Sports BM Tbh no LS AFF
UTNIF Skills 1 6/29/2017 CX R2 Cool Sports PJ Tbh no FG AFF
UTNIF Skills 1 6/29/2017 CX R3 Magic School Bus IL Magic School Bus BS NEG
UTNIF Skills 1 6/29/2017 CX R4 Magic School Bus WB Tbh no DQ AFF
UTNIF Skills 1 6/29/2017 CX R5 Magic School Bus LC Cool Sports MS NEG
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Round 2 Emory GK Gonzaga SW AFF
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Round 4 Wake Forest AS California, Berkeley MS NEG
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Round 6 Wake Forest MM Wichita State OS NEG
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Round 8 Emory FL Oklahoma WJ NEG
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Doubles California, Berkeley MS Nevada Las Vegas AK AFF
California on a 3-2
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Octos California, Berkeley MS Central Oklahoma HS AFF
California on a 5-0
NDT District III MAC 2/17/2017 D3 1 Central Oklahoma CM Trinity DK NEG
NDT District III MAC 2/17/2017 MAC V 2 UT San Antonio GA Missouri - Kansas City HJ NEG
NDT District III MAC 2/17/2017 D3 5 Central Oklahoma HS Oklahoma SP NEG
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 2 Emory GK Binghamton YA AFF
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 3 Emory LB Gonzaga EB AFF
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 5 Central Oklahoma HS Emory DP AFF
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 8 Wayne State HM Wake Forest MM NEG
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open OCTAS Emory FL Southern California BL AFF
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
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN 2 Nevada Las Vegas GH Wake Forest AS NEG
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN 3 Indiana DG Nevada Las Vegas CW NEG
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN 5 Missouri - Kansas City AT Wake Forest MM AFF
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN 6 UC Berkeley MS Towson BM AFF
Kathryn Klassic Winter Debate Tournament at CSU Fullerton 1/7/2017 OPEN Doubles Rutgers-Newark NM Nevada Las Vegas AK AFF
Rutgers-Ne 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 on a 2-1
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 1 Nevada Las Vegas AK MIT Policy Debate GS AFF
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 2 Indiana PS Towson BM NEG
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 3 UC Berkeley SM Emory DP AFF
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 4 Liberty BD Indiana NT AFF
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var 6 Emory FL Oklahoma WJ AFF
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 Var Octos Harvard MS Oklahoma PS NEG
Harvard MS on a 2-1
USC Alan Nichols Tournament 1/3/2017 JV Final San Francisco State BG Louisville WW NEG
Louisville on a 3-0
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX 1 Airlin WW CadMag CJ NEG
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX 2 WB SS Lindal TD NEG
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX 3 AusSFA RS Coppel DC NEG
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX 5 HerHal DV Kinkai RB AFF
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX 6 CroChr SD Lindal MW NEG
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/2/2016 CCX Octo LibArt MS CadMag CJ AFF
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 on a 3-0
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR RD 5 Liberty BD Missouri - Kansas City HJ AFF
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/19/2016 SHIR DBLS Towson BM Central Oklahoma HS NEG
Towson BM on a 3-2
UCO Joe C Jackson Tournament 11/4/2016 Nov 2 Illinois HH UTSA OG AFF
UCO Joe C Jackson Tournament 11/4/2016 Open Round 4 Kansas DG UCO CC NEG
UCO Joe C Jackson Tournament 11/4/2016 Open Round 5 UNI KM WSU CW AFF
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Nov 2 Indiana NK James Madison AL NEG
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open 3 Indiana NT Oklahoma JW NEG
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open 4 Wake Forest CR Harvard AM AFF
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 JV 5 Wayne State HW Vanderbilt JR AFF
Kentucky College Tournament 9/28/2016 Open 8 Michigan WR Dartmouth EX AFF
UMKC Baby Jo Memorial 9/17/2016 Nov 1 Illinois Shahriari & Henderson Johnson County Community Choong & Keil NEG
UMKC Baby Jo Memorial 9/17/2016 JV 4 Towson Gillespie & Underdue UT Dallas Kapoor & Baez NEG
UMKC Baby Jo Memorial 9/17/2016 Open 5 Arizona State Quint & Ram Kansas State Leyba & Risovi-Hendrickson AFF
UMKC Baby Jo Memorial 9/17/2016 Open 8 Towson Booker & Medeiros Wichita State O'Donnell & Saunders AFF
Showdown 2 8/1/2016 CX 1 Bush did... ZV Senkaku Lichens FTW GR AFF
Showdown 2 8/1/2016 CX 3 Senkaku Lichens FTW CN SeaLab 2021 CH AFF
Showdown 2 8/1/2016 CX 5 Bush did... ZK No More Parties at UT PS NEG
Showdown 2 8/1/2016 CX Octas Bush did... MW Bush did... JH AFF
Bush did.. on a 1-0
Showdown 2 8/1/2016 CX Qtrs Bush did... MW Bush did... MC NEG
Bush did.. on a 3-0
UTNIF Skills 2 7/22/2016 CX 1 No More Parties at UT GK Pan Da Monium LN AFF
UTNIF Skills 2 7/22/2016 CX 2 SeaLab 2021 PW CS NEG
UTNIF Skills 2 7/22/2016 CX 3 CW No More Parties at UT CD NEG
UTNIF Skills 2 7/22/2016 CX 4 Pan Da Monium SZ SeaLab 2021 GP AFF
UTNIF Skills 2 7/22/2016 CX 6 Pan Da Monium WS No More Parties at UT Re NEG
Showdown 1 7/10/2016 CX Round 2 KnightsOfQueenSits GH Jishn00dlez JW NEG
Showdown 1 7/10/2016 CX Round 3 Jishn00dlez FF IllumiDATi JS AFF
Showdown 1 7/10/2016 CX Round 4 ToonSquad JK Jishn00dlez GN NEG
Showdown 1 7/10/2016 CX Round 5 IllumiDATi RX Jishn00dlez WZ AFF
Showdown 1 7/10/2016 CX Round 6 Jishn00dlez GV Jishn00dlez MZ AFF
Showdown 1 7/10/2016 CX Qtrs Jishn00dlez FF IllumiDATi RX AFF
Jishn00dle on a 3-0
Texas Shootout Round Robin 12/6/2015 CX 4 Bronx Science GM Reagan XR NEG
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/4/2015 CCX 5 BelCP PR Hendri BS AFF
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 1 Bill Russell's Sprouts CG #ThanksObama GB AFF
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 2 Wu Tangerz CM #ThanksObama/Bill Russell's Sprouts IB NEG
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 3 Vanilla ISIS/Bill Russell's Sprouts JC #ThanksObama HW NEG
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 4 MisanthrophicMedley CH Some Cthulhu Deity TY NEG
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 5 Some Cthulhu Deity NU Vanilla ISIS TS AFF
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX 6 MisanthrophicMedley PT Bill Russell's Sprouts TK NEG
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX Octos Wu Tangerz AG #ThanksObama SS AFF
Wu Tangerz on a 1-0
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX Qtrs Wu Tangerz AG Some Cthulhu Deity MC AFF
Wu Tangerz on a 2-1
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/3/2015 CX Semis Wu Tangerz RR #ThanksObama/Bill Russell's Sprouts LA AFF
#ThanksOba on a 2-1
UTNIF Skills Tournament 2 7/24/2015 CX 1 Bill Russell's Sprouts HU #ThanksObama GW AFF
UTNIF Skills Tournament 2 7/24/2015 CX 2 Bill Russell's Sprouts LK #ThanksObama/Bill Russell's Sprouts LA NEG
UTNIF Skills Tournament 2 7/24/2015 CX 3 MisanthrophicMedley NZ Bill Russell's Sprouts CL NEG
UTNIF Skills Tournament 2 7/24/2015 CX 4 Vanilla ISIS/Bill Russell's Sprouts EJ Bill Russell's Sprouts TO NEG
UTNIF Skills Tournament 2 7/24/2015 CX 5 #ThanksObama HH #ThanksObama HV NEG
UTNIF Skills Tournament 2 7/24/2015 CX 6 MisanthrophicMedley CR Vanilla ISIS TH NEG
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 1 Trump 2016 KR Masty's Mastodons LO NEG
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 2 Wai R Ho Wai R ZJ Masty's Mastodons SC NEG
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 3 Masty's Mastodons GB Masty's Mastodons PH AFF
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 4 Masty's Mastodons RR Masty's Mastodons GA NEG
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 5 Wai R Ho Wai R CJ Mastys Mastodons CS NEG
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Round 6 Wai R Ho Wai R TS #Incoherent MG AFF
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/12/2015 CX Finals Masty's Mastodons GB Masty's Mastodons GA NEG
Masty's Ma on a 2-1
Tournament of Champions 4/26/2014 CX 4 Jenks DR C.E. Byrd GN NEG
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX 1 St Francis GuRa Loyola AC AFF
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX 2 Johns Creek SX Niles West CK NEG
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX 3 Loyola NG Kinkaid RB NEG
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX 4 Glenbrook North HK Chicago Lab Schools NY NEG
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX 6 C.E. Byrd GN Cedar Ridge PR NEG
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 VCX 7 CK McClatchy GH California Academy of Forensics HL AFF