Georgian chess icon Nona Gaprindashvili has filed a complaint against Netflix for defamation and defamation.
Gaprindashvili thinks she is portrayed wrong in the popular series The queen’s gambit, reports the BBC. It would be a passage in the last episode, in which it is said that the now eighty-year-old Gaprindashvili has never played chess against men.
Gaprindashvili herself points out that in 1968, the year in which the episode takes place, she played against at least 59 male players in competition. Netflix has already said it has “unlikely much respect” for Gaprindashvili, but the company will “defend itself to the utmost” in court.
The series is based on Walter Tevi’s 1983 book of the same name and is about Beth Harmon, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, who caused a furore in the predominantly male world of chess in the 1960s as a young woman.
According to the indictment, Netflix “blatantly and deliberately” lied about Gaprindashvili’s performance, purely to create more drama and highlight Harmon’s fictional performance. “Netflix thus ridiculed a real female pioneer who actually played against men and beat them as well at the time.”