Former Soviet chess player Nonna Gaprindashvili has sued Netflix. She accuses the streaming service of making “false claims” on the wildly popular series ‘The Queen’s Gambit’.
The series is based on Walter Tevey’s 1983 book of the same name and is about Beth Harmon, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, who entered the predominantly male world of chess as a young woman in the 1960s. There was a commotion.
In the series comparisons are made between the character of Taylor-Joy and the person Gaprindashvili. During one of Harmon’s matches, Soviet chess is said to have been the women’s world champion and has never played against men like Harmon.
“sexist and petty”
In a response, the now 80-year-old chess player says this is absolutely not true. “The claim that Gaprindashvili never played against men is clearly false. As well as being very sexist and short, the chess star’s 25-page indictment reads, among other things.
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In 1968, the year in which the episode accompanies the statement, Gaprindashvili “already played against at least 59 male chess players”, according to his claim, which included at least 10 grandmasters of the time.
5 million dollars
According to the indictment, Netflix “explicitly and intentionally” lied about Gaprindashvili’s performance, purely to create more drama and expose Harmon’s fictional performance. “Netflix thus ridiculed a true female pioneer who actually played against men and beat them at the time.”