Wesley So v. Ray Robson- Spice cup Sicilian Dragon, Yugoslav attack, 9.0-0-0

This week at the Spice cup in Texas, where Wesley So is doing so-so in third place with 5/9, he managed to put out the fire in Ray Robson’s dragon in the following game, with 9.0-0-0 in the Yugoslav attack. Robson is a young GM from Largo, Florida, not too far from my home town actually. The following game illustrates why 9.0-0-0 is a fashionable response to avoid the insanity that sometimes follows from 9.Bc4. By steering the game into more quiet waters, white is able to tame the dragon and sometimes hold a lasting advantage, as in the following game.