Maria Manakova - Miss August 2006
Birthday: March 1st, 1974
Some people say that you often play in tournaments together with your husband, a Yugoslav GM, in order to always have a sexual partner available.
We play a lot together, and not just chess. Maybe this is the reason why I never won a world championship title. But on the other hand I had a different kind of joy, one that is no less important to me.
A chess game usually lasts four hours or more – so is there enough time for sex?
Yes, although playing chess is really difficult and drains your strength. And if a woman loses, it can take some days for her to get back to normal.
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