As mentioned in the previous post, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov's win in game one of the final match against Vladimir Kramnik was impressive, and I decided to take a closer look. Between what I saw watching live and worked out analyzing afterward, it looked like a nice, clean game, and this was seconded once I switched on the engine - for the first part of the game.
What came as a big surprise was the second phase of the game, the part that should have been a mopping-up operation. Mamedyarov really misplayed the ending, to the point where Kramnik may have had a draw near the end. More importantly for us as chess fans, there are some fantastic variations that emerge at that stage where the balance between a win and a draw is precariously poised. It's a very long analysis, but one I hope you'll enjoy.