Chess helps you to concentrate, improve your logic. It teaches you to play by the rules and take responsibility for your actions, how to problem solve in an uncertain environment.
It was not about losing my mental power; it's about not feeling good about my contribution to the game.
Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players: they are not great fighters.
I started playing chess when I was five years old. I learned the moves from my mother, then worked with my father - and later trainers. My style became very technical. I sacrificed a lot of things. I was always hunting for the king, for the mate. I'd forget about my other pieces.
At the end of the day, it's all about money.