Chess legend Nona Gaprindashvili sues Netflix for $ 5 million over Queen’s Gambit remarks


Netflix has another lawsuit against them, but this time it’s about the legend, Nona Gaprindashvili, himself.

The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix conquered tens of millions of viewers Last year; based on a 1983 novel, the show focuses on the rise of fictional chess player Beth Harmon. In the series, Harmon is raised in an orphanage and beats Russia’s top players in the 1960s in Moscow at the height of the cold war.

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The lawsuit stems from the series finale, where in a final scene, a commentator watching Harmon play makes direct reference to real chess star Gaprindashvili and her career. In the scene, which takes place at the invitation of Moscow, an announcer can be heard referring to Gaprindashvili by name, “The only thing unusual about her, really, is her gender. And even that is not unique in Russia. There is Nona Gaprindashvili, but she is a female world champion and has never faced a male. “

Now the pioneer of chess is suing Netflix for $ 5 million for libel and invasion of privacy. She claims that the line is not factual and that she has, in fact, played and beaten dozens of men. In the lawsuit, Gaprindashvili called the dialogue “disparaging” and “extrovert”.

Stacking on the additional insult to injury, Netflix described Gaprindashvili as Russian, although she knew she was from Georgia and the Georgians had suffered under Russian domination when it was part of the Soviet Union, and was subsequently intimidated and invaded by Russia “, said the costume.

Chess legend says that in 1968, the year the episode took place, she faced at least 59 male chess players, including ten grandmasters of the time. The complaint alleges: “Netflix brazenly and deliberately lied about Gaprindashvili’s accomplishments with the cheap and cynical aim of” heightening the drama “by making it appear that its fictional hero had succeeded in doing what no other woman, y understood Gaprindashvili, had done. “

Gaprindashvili seeks at least $ 5 million in actual damages and additional compensation in punitive damages. She also wants a court order that drops the line from the episode, believing it demeans her and her career.

Netflix addressed the lawsuit in a statement to the LA Times: “Netflix has the utmost respect for Ms. Gaprindashvili and her illustrious career, but we believe this claim has no merit and will vigorously defend the case.”

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Source: Los Angeles Times, NPR, Kotaku

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