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Chess Legend Nona Gaprindashvili Sues Netflix Over “Sexism” Of ‘Queen’s Gambit’

Georgian chess icon Nona Gaprindashvili has sued Netflix for $5 million in a defamation lawsuit over a line in the Anya Taylor-Joy starrer.

Specifically, Gaprindashvili is perturbed by the seemingly incorrect statement in the “End Game” finale of the limited series that compares her real-life accomplishments to that of the Taylor-Joy’s fictional Beth Harmon.

“The only unusual thing about her, really, is her sex, and even that’s not unique in Russia,” a commentator quips as Harmon plays in a white-knuckle match in Moscow. “There’s Nona Gaprindashvili, but she’s the female world champion and has never faced men.”

“Gaprindashvili is a pioneer of women’s chess and a much-loved icon in her native country of Georgia. Throughout her extraordinary career, she won many championships, beat some of the best male chess players in the world, and was the first woman in history to achieve the status of international chess grandmaster among men,” the defamation suit filed in federal court by California lawyers for Gaprindashvili points out (read it here).