Georgian chess icon Nona Gaprindashvili has filed a complaint against Netflix for defamation and defamation.
Gaprindashvili thinks she was wrongly portrayed in the popular series Queen’s gambitBBC reports. It will be a clip in the final episode, in which the eighty-year-old Gabrindashvili is said to have never played chess against men.
Gaprindashvili herself notes that in 1968, the year the episode took place, she played in competition against no fewer than 59 male players. Netflix has already said it has “low respect” to Gaprindashvili, but the company will “defend itself to the fullest” in court.
The series is based on Walter Teefe’s 1983 book of the same name and revolves around Beth Harmon, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, who made a splash in the male-dominated world of chess in the 1960s as a young woman.
According to the indictment, Netflix “blatantly and deliberately” lied about Gaprindashvili’s performance, simply to create more drama and highlight Harmon’s fictional performance. “So Netflix made fun of a real pioneer who actually played against guys and also beat them at the time.”
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