On his last move, Prospect freshman Marc Graff overlooked 52...Rf1# and played 52...c2?! Wheaton-Warrenville South's junior Robby Badgley alertly uncorked 53. Rxg5+. If Black captures the rook, it is stalemate because the White king has no legal moves.
The first thought in such a position is for Black to maneuver the White rook onto a square where Black can capture it with one of the pieces that is confining the White king, thereby avoiding stalemate. Unfortunately, four out of five of the squares are covered twice so moving one piece won't do the trick. The only square that is only covered once is d1, the only way for the Black pawn on c2 to capture the White rook is for the Black king to go to c1 forcing White to play Rb1+. Unfortunately, ...cxb1=Q will still be stalemate.
SOLUTION: Since there is no way for Black to give the White king any breathing room, the only solution is to free one of the White pawns to move. This is accomplished by forcing the White rook to deliver check from b5 whereupon Black plays ...axb5 and White's a-pawn has a legal move. 53... Kf5 54. Rg5+ Ke4 55. Re5+ Kd3 56.Rd5+ Kc3 57. Rd3+ Kb4 58. Rb3+ Kc5 59. Rb5+ axb5 60. a6 Rf1#. Unfortunately, Marc could not find this maneuver and the game wound up as a draw.