Bonn:World Champion Viswanathan Anand suffered a setback bowing to Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the 10th game of the world championship in progress in Bonn, Germany.
Leading by 6-3 before the start of the 10th game of the much hyped match, Anand failed to perform to his own expectations and went down fighting when Kramnik started to show the sparks he was expected earlier.
Anand, who was ruling the match by a 6-3 margin coming in to the 10th game, simply slipped it away as for the first time Kramnik proved much superior player in the match.
For the records, it was a Nimzo Indian defence yet again that turned out to be the Waterloo for the Indian ace.
Anand, needing just one more draw to win this match, for once, was on the receiving end, as the whole world had expected a defeat for Kramnik.
However, the Russian showed his most prolific instinct when he was down the most.
Having won three games, Anand was up 6-3 before the start of the 10th game and this probably is only a temporary deterrent in the quest of the Indian.
Needing just a draw to win the World championship again, Anand plays with white against Kramnik in the 11th game.
The 10th game finally gave what the chess world was looking up to: a keenly contested match. It was a clear indication that Kramnik had warmed up much too late for this probably the most important clash of his life.