Wow. Veselin Topalov is as real as real can get. He played a spectacular game to beat Aronian today. (ChessBase report here, should have my notes added soon.) As has been his pattern, a great piece of preparation followed by further sacrificial play. Truly amazing, and I'm not the only one who's impressed. Kasparov was full of admiration about the game, although I didn't get any variations from him. Maybe tomorrow. If anyone was still thinking that Topalov's rise last year was temporary or flukish, you stand corrected. He's at +5 and picking up speed.
So the Battling Bulgarian now leads by a half point ahead of Anand, who made a short draw with Mamedyarov. van Wely outplayed Leko with the bishop pair and Kamsky duly lost again, to Bacrot. Oddly enough, Thursday is another free day. This will give us plenty of time to drool over this Topalov game. It looks like he's well past being posterized by other players and on to being in the anthologies in bold print.