International Chess Club: "In a dramatic finale to the Grand Slam Final in Bilbao last weekend, Veselin Topalov outplayed Vassily Ivanchuk to not only win the record-breaking $215,000 first prize but also turbo-boost his rating to become the new World #1.
With four wins, five draws and one loss, the Bulgarian proved to be the big in-form player in the richest tournament-ever, as he took the title by a big margin ahead of Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian, with the Norwegian teenager taking second place and $100,000 on tiebreak ahead of the Armenian.
The rating surge took Topalov to the top of Hans Arild Runde’s virtual live rating list - and with the official cut-off date for FIDE’s October list falling a few days after Bilbao, this mean Topalov once again tops the official world rankings to be published next week."
Live Top List
Provisional World Chess Rankings
By Hans Arild Runde