a woman will not sacrifice him because... he is so pretty.
There's this conviction that women are inherently worse at chess than men, but I'm not sure if that's true. I think many factors may be at play here. I mean, I know that there are differences in the brains of women and men that result in them excelling at different things. For example, women are better communicators, they are better at social interactions, at listening and at languages. Men are usually more introverted than women and dominate in IT jobs, for example.
However, it was me and my female cousins that were more into playing chess when we were kids than the boys in our family (in the end only girls ended up playing chess, because boys got bored, I guess). And it is those two female cousins of mine that have more "scientific" minds than men in our family - one works in IT and another one ended up with a PHD in biotechnology and doing scientific stuff.
First of all, there are more male chess players than female chess players and this may simply account for that phenomenon of male chess players being "at the top of the game":
Quote from the article:
"A 2008 study led by psychologist Merim Bilalić points out the logical flaw in citing differences in top rankings as evidence of inherent differences: If one group (female chess players) is much smaller than another (male chess players), then just by chance, one would expect that the best member of the larger group outperforms the best member of the smaller group."
The thing is, there are also many more male chefs working at restaurants than female chefs and I don't think that anyone would claim that women are inherently worse at cooking than men :)))
So why are there less female chefs? I've watched once a documentary about female chefs and one (Western) male chef working at a restaurant in some luxurious hotel in China was asked this question. They asked him whether women are worse at it than men. He said that no - they're great. They're actually better employees than men, because they're more hard-working, diligent and they don't get drunk at work. So they asked him why there are so few female chefs. His answer was: "They get pregnant."
And another quote from the article:
"But in math - a field much like chess in several ways - a fascinating "natural experiment" occurred when Germany split into East and West Germany. The gender gap in math ended up being much smaller in East than West Germany, arguably because the East's radically egalitarian system encouraged girls' self-confidence and competitiveness in math. This demonstrates that gender differences in intellectual performance can be caused by society-level beliefs."