In a short match held in Novi Bor, Czech Republic Veselin Topalov defeated Viktor Laznicka with a 4-2 score. The Bulgarian won games 1, 4 and 6 and lost game 2. A second match took place at the same time in which Czech junior FM Tadeas Kriebel drew with veteran GM Oleg Romanishin.
A match between Czech Republic’s number two grandmaster Viktor Laznicka and Bulgaria’s number one Veselin Topalov took place 19-25 September in Novi Bor, Czech Republic. The time control was 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment per move.