Netflix Can’t Checkmate ‘Queen’s Gambit’ Libel Lawsuit

By Dave Simpson (January 27, 2022, 10:47 PM EST) – A California federal judge has dismissed Netflix’s attempt to dismiss a libel suit against Georgian chess champion Nona Gaprindashvili for her performance on the hit show “The Queen’s Gambit,” ruling Thursday that while the show is fictional, the Gaprindashvili reference could be interpreted as a genuine historical detail.

Gaprindashvili’s September trial focuses on a scene from the 2020 miniseries finale, in which an announcer at a fictional 1968 Moscow chess tournament says Gaprindashvili had “never faced men “. Gaprindashvili, who was crowned the first female international chess grandmaster in 1978, said the “grossly sexist” statement belittled her achievements….

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