Even with the Fritz, Junior, Shredder and Hydra age, there are some things that cannot be explained in chess. Topalov is a great player but his first half performance is something that cannot be explained.
I remember a similar personal experience back in 1992. I played in the Candidates’ Tournament in Shanghai, China. I started with 9.5 points in the first 10 games! I basically won the tournament with 6 rounds to go. Even after I coasted and drew the last 6 games, I still won the event by a big 3 points margin.
Was I that much better than all other players? Not by that margin! But when things are aligned right, magical things do happen. Topalov’s performance in the first 7 games of this World Championship will be remembered for a long time!