Our friends from MonRoi are sending pictures from Batumi, Georgia, where the 2006 FIDE World Youth is taking place from October 18-29, 2006.

The Chief Arbiter is the highly experienced WGM Nana Alexandria of Georgia, former runner-up of a few Women’s World Championships. Former Women’s World Champion GM Nona Gaprindashvili of Georgia spoke to the guests at the opening ceremony. Local dance group gave an excellent performance. Sava Kizova SRB is a section arbiter for U16 and U18, where the MonRoi system will be implemented.

Batumi is a city in southwestern Georgia, capital of Ajaria autonomous region, a port on the Black Sea. Batumi is a transport center for petroleum from Baku, Azerbaijan, with which it is linked by rail and by pipelines. Industries include oil refining, shipbuilding, and food processing. With a subtropical climate, beaches, and scenic surrounding countryside, the city is also a popular health resort. Batumi was the site of an ancient Greek settlement. It was held by the Ottoman Turks from the 16th century until 1878, when it passed to Russia following the Russo-Turkish War. Population about (2002 estimate) 120,000. http://taboo.ru/adjara/eng/facts.shtml

Here is the MonRoi official site of the event and here is the official tournament website.

Here is the number of participants from each country:

Argentina 10, Armenia 28, Australia 16, Austria 9
Belgium 3, Bosnia 10, Brazil 3, Bulgaria 14, Byelorussia 10
Canada 14, Chile 1, China 20, Colombia 4, Croatia 13, Czechia 13
Egypt 5, Estonia 11
Finland 3
Georgia 101, Germany 16, Greece 13
Hong-Kong 1, Hungary 8
India 78, Indonesia 2, Iran 5, Israel 7, Italy 11
Kazakhstan 21, Kenya 3
Latvia 7, Lithuania 11, Luxembourg 3
Macedonia 1, Moldova 12, Mongolia 12
Netherlands 13, New Zealand 3, Norway 8
Peru, 11, Philippines 12, Poland 22
Romania 12
Singapore 3, Slovakia 11, Slovenia 3, South Africa 30, South Korea 3, Sweden 4, Switzerland 9
Tajikistan 2, Turkey 23
UAE 2, Ukraine 16, USA 24, Uzbekistan 26
Vietnam 12
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