First female chess grandmaster sues Netflix for ‘sexist’ claim in The Queen’s Gambit


Netflix has said it greatly respects Ms Gaprindashvili but believes her request to be without merit. “Netflix has the utmost respect for Ms. Gaprindashvili and her illustrious career, but we believe this claim has no basis and will vigorously defend the case,” the company said in a statement.

The Queen’s Gambit, based on a 1983 novel by Walter Tevis, tells the story of young orphan Beth Harmon who becomes the world’s best chess player during the Cold War era.

Harmon, who is played by Argentine-British actress Anya Taylor-Joy, is described by Netflix as someone “determined to overcome the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess.”

The series won two Golden Globes this year and received 18 nominations at this weekend’s 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. He is said to have inspired women around the world to take up chess.

Ms Gaprindashvili’s lawyers claim the series, released in October 2020, caused her professional harm and want the line that she has never confronted men be removed, calling it “grossly sexist and disparaging.”

Emphasizing that the hit show was seen in over 62 million homes in the first month after its release.

“It was an insulting experience,” Ms. Gaprindashvili said during the hour-long interview. “My whole life has been locked out, like it doesn’t matter.”

Netflix, headquartered in California, has hired former Russian world champion Garry Kasparov and US national master Bruce Pandolfini as consultants.

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