Updated 9/17/2021 1:16 PM
The hit series
brought an unexpected consequence for Netflix.
Nona Gaprindashvili, a Soviet chess legend
, claims five million dollars from the platform and accuses it of having made a "sexist and degrading" description of her career in the 2020 series, starring Anya Taylor-Joy.
Netflix blatantly and deliberately lied
about the success of Gaprindashvili," highlights the lawsuit document obtained by the AFP agency.
In the series, broadcast on the platform, a character claims that the Georgian champion "has never faced men" during a competition.
This accusation "is
manifestly false, as well as grossly sexist and degrading,
" the chess player underlines in a complaint filed this week in a California court.
Nona Gaprindashvili, the 80-year-old chess champion, suing Netflix, for "Queen's Gambit."
A woman against men
Gaprindashvili's lawsuit recalls that the chess player, who is 80 years old today,
competed against dozens of prominent male players
and defeated 28 of them throughout her career.
"To top it off, Netflix describes Gaprindashvili as Russian, despite knowing that she is Georgian and that Georgians had suffered Russian domination when they were part of the Soviet Union," adds the champion's defense.
In a statement, Netflix
indicated that it had "the utmost respect for Ms. Gaprindashvili
and her brilliant career", but considered that "this claim is unfounded."
The platform added that it will defend itself "vigorously."
Who is the champion
Born in 1941 in Zugdidi, western Georgia, Gaprindashvili played chess since she was 13 years old.
In 1977, she became
the first woman to earn the title of grandmaster
in this discipline.
She also conquered the Women's World Championship at age 20 and successfully defended her title four times, before losing the throne in 1978 to another 17-year-old compatriot, Maia Chiburdanidze.
Nona Gaprindashvili, world chess champion and first FIDE Grand Master
In the fictional story, real chess players are cited, including the Georgian champion, who
is demanding that they remove a line from the script, in addition to paying several million dollars
for lying "to enhance the drama," something that was humiliating. for her.
The last chapter of the miniseries is where the text that provokes the conflict is found.
And that's when the protagonist travels to Moscow for a tournament.
There the camera focuses on a woman in the audience and at that moment the narrator of the tournament comments: "There is Nona Gaprindashvili, but she was the women's world champion and never faced the men."
That data is false and it is the one that outraged Nona who affirms that, in 1968, the year in which the scene is set, she had already played against about sixty male chess players, including ten great masters.
According to Netflix,
broke records by achieving 62 million views in 28 days
after its release last year.
The hit series tells a fictional story, that of Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), an orphan and child prodigy of chess.
The plot of
shows the protagonist's quest to become the best chess player in the world while simultaneously struggling with emotional problems and drug and alcohol addiction.
The story begins in the mid-1950s and continues through the 1960s.
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