Queen’s Gambit is chased by a real Soviet chess player
The legend of female Soviet chess Nona Gaprindashvili sues Netflix for $ 5 million after a scene in the hit series Queen’s Gambit falsely claimed that she had never played against men. In fact, she claims to have played and beaten dozens of men. In the lawsuit, Gaprindashvili called the incorrect dialogue “grossly sexist”.
The lawsuit was filed in LA District Court on September 16 and focuses primarily on a scene from the Queen’s Gambit. Popular Netflix show is about fictional American chess player named Beth harmon who rose through the ranks to become a worldwide successful chess legend. In the series finale, during one scene, a commentator watching Harmon play makes direct reference to real chess star Gaprindashvili and his career.
“Elizabeth Harmon is not at all an important player by their standards,” said the announcer. “The only thing unusual about her, really, is her gender. And even that is not unique to Russia. There is Nona Gaprindashvili, but she is a female world champion and has never faced men.
That much, Queen’s Gambit takes place in 1968. According to the complaint filed by Gaprindashvili, by this point in time, she had already played and beaten many men at chess, including 10 grandmasters.
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In the costume, the 80-year-old calls the line and the claim that she had never played men “patently wrong”. She sues Netflix for false light, invasion of privacy and defamation.
The lawsuit continues, harshly criticizing Netflix for its choice to change history and claiming the company had “lied brazenly and deliberately “about his accomplishments” For the cheap and cynical aim of “heightening the drama” by making it appear that her fictional hero had succeeded in doing what no other woman, including Gaprindashvili, had done. ”
Netflix said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times than the streamer had “the greatest respect” for the legendary chess player, but believe the trial “has no merit “ and “will vigorously defend the case.
In an interview with the New York Times, Gaprindashvili found the whole situation ironic. “[Netflix] was trying to make this fictional character who paved the way for other women, when in reality I had already paved the way and inspired generations.