Chess legend sues Netflix for $5M over ‘Queen’s Gambit’


Soviet-era chess legend Nona Gaprindashvili has sued Netflix over “The Queen’s Gambit” collection, alleging defamation and saying {that a} line within the hit present’s finale was “grossly sexist and belittling.”

“The only unusual thing about her, really, is her sex, and even that’s not unique in Russia,” an announcer of a chess event within the present’s finale episode says, because the digicam pans to a girl watching the match. “There’s Nona Gaprindashvili, but she’s the female world champion and has never faced men.”

The actual Gaprindashvili, an 80-year-old girl from the previous Soviet republic Georgia, was the primary girl to be named a grandmaster, and she or he did compete in opposition to dozens of males all through her career.

In reality, by 1968, the year the fictional episode was set, Gaprindashvili had “competed against at least 59 male chess players (28 of them simultaneously in one game), including at least ten Grandmasters of that time,” in keeping with a lawsuit filed Thursday in Federal District Court in Los Angeles.

Nona Gaprindashvili was the primary girl to be named a grandmaster, and she or he “defeated men on the world stage.”
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Netflix responded to Nona Gaprindashvili’s go well with with “arrogant refusal to take responsibility for its actions.”
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Gaprindashvili’s go well with says the road was a “devastating falsehood, undermining and degrading her accomplishments before an audience of many millions.”

“Netflix brazenly and deliberately lied about Gaprindashvili’s achievements for the cheap and cynical purpose of ‘heightening the drama’ by making it appear that its fictional hero had managed to do what no other woman, including Gaprindashvili, had done,” it goes on.

Nona Gaprindashvili performs chess in opposition to 28 males without delay in Dorset, UK, on January 11, 1965.
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“Thus, in a story that was supposed to inspire women by showing a young woman competing with men at the highest levels of world chess, Netflix humiliated the one real woman trail blazer who had actually faced and defeated men on the world stage in the same era.”

The go well with seeks at the very least $5 million in damages for defamation and “false light invasion of privacy,” in addition to a further $75,000 for lost business alternatives.

Gaprindashvili, who served a number of occasions within the Georgian parliament through the Soviet years, additionally alleged that she “confronted” Netflix after the collection aired and “demanded a public statement acknowledging the falsity of the statement, an apology, and a retraction.”

Netflix responded with “extraordinary hubris,” Gaprindashvili says in her go well with, “dismissing [her] assertion of defamation by claiming that the false statement was ‘innocuous.’”

“This arrogant refusal to take responsibility for its actions was shockingly tone-deaf, given the sexism and offensiveness of its lie,” the go well with goes on.

“The Queen’s Gambit” gained two Golden Globes earlier this year and it has garnered 18 Emmy nominations. It was so profitable that there are actually plans to show it right into a stage musical.

The present is predicated on the 1983 novel by Walter Tevis, however the ebook, in keeping with the go well with, solely mentioned of Gaprindashvili that she has “met all these Russian Grandmasters many times before.”

Nona Gaprindashvili (left) is now 80 years outdated.
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“Netflix has only the utmost respect for Ms. Gaprindashvili and her illustrious career, but we believe this claim has no merit and will vigorously defend the case,” Netflix mentioned in a statement to the Daily Beast.