Chess player Gaprindashvili sues Netflix for $ 5 million over Queen’s Move

The first international women’s grandmaster, Nona Gaprindashvili, filed a lawsuit against Netflix on September 16 in Los Angeles, seeking compensation for “destructive lies that undermine and humiliate her achievements in front of an audience of millions.” writes The New York Times.

Gaprindashvili’s lawsuit concerns the commentator’s phrase in the final episode during the final tournament in Moscow: “The only thing that is unusual about her is her gender, but even that is not something unique in Russia. There is Nona Gaprindashvili, but she is the world champion among women. and never played with men. ” She demands to refute this remark.

“They tried to create this fictional character, paving the way for other women, when in fact I have already paved the way and inspired generations,” she quotes the publication from a video interview, which was organized by her lawyers.

“My whole life has been crossed out like it doesn’t matter,” she said.

Netflix responded by saying that it respects Nona Gaprindashvili and her brilliant career, but believes that her claims are unfounded and they will be defended in court.

Partner of the Georgian law firm BLB Maya Mtsariashvili, which protects the interests of the chess player, told TASS that they have been working on the lawsuit for a long time. The plaintiffs claim that by 1968, when the final match of the heroine of the series took place, Gaprindashvili had played with more than 50 chess players of the world, including Dragolyub Velimirovich, Svetozar Gligorich, Boris Spassky and Mikhail Tal.

Gaprindashvili believes Netflix also insulted her by calling her a Russian chess player. She demands $ 5 million from the company as damages.

Nona Gaprindashvili is now 80 years old and lives in Tbilisi. She was the first to win the men’s tournament, pushing women’s chess to the next level. The athlete is the fifth world champion in the history of chess (1962-1978), the first international grandmaster among women (1976) and the first woman to be awarded the title of international grandmaster among men.

The film “Glory to the Queen” tells about her. It hit widescreen in the fall of 2020, shortly before Netflix’s Queen’s Move, which was watched by 62 million people in its first month. The dramatic mini-series “The Queen’s Move”, based on the novel of the same name by Walter Thevis, tells the story of the chess player Elizabeth Harmon, who through a game overcomes orphanhood and alcohol addiction.

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