World champion Garry Kasparov earned $45,000 for defeating Bulgarian star Veselin Topalov in an exhibition match last weekend in Sofia, Bulgaria. Kasparov won all four games, an outstanding result against the world's sixth-ranked grandmaster. Topalov admitted that he had little experience with the fast time limit (25 minutes per player per game), which caused oversights by both players. However, he gave Kasparov credit for the victory, saying, "Kasparov no doubt is the best player of our time."
Only the second game of the match was blunder-free. Kasparov called the third game a "comedy of errors" and graciously said that Topalov should have won it. In truth, Topalov held a winning position for just one move, after Kasparov missed a fairly simple winning line and instead blundered a Bishop. With only 40 seconds left on his clock, Topalov did not spot the danger and allowed a two-move mating combination.