Netflix’s knightly miniseries The Queen’s Gambit is in trouble after a former chess champion sued the producers for alleged sexist remarks. Grandmaster Nona Gaprindashvili filed a lawsuit against Netflix over a line in the show that she never encountered men. Gaprindashvili has demanded that Rekha be removed from the show. The Queen’s Gambit follows Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), a fictional chess-playing character who rises as one of the most respected opponents in America and outside.
“The only unusual thing about her, really, is her gender, and even that’s not unique in Russia,” says one announcer during the Moscow tournament in which Beth competes. The scene marks the climax of the 7-part miniseries. Nona Gaprindashvili, but she is the women’s world champion and has never faced men,” he says of a woman who can be seen watching the match.
Gaprindashvili has filed a lawsuit against Netflix in Federal District Court in Los Angeles. The 80-year-old is seeking millions of dollars in damages. The suit claims that about her not facing men is a “devastating lie, her accomplishments underestimated in front of many millions of viewers.”
Gaprindashvili now resides in Georgia and continues to compete in senior chess tournaments. She was the first woman to be named Grandmaster and has competed against – and beaten – many high level male players.
“They were trying to do this fictional character who was igniting the path for other women, when in fact I had already blazed the trail and inspired generations,” Gaprindashvili said via a translator. told The New York Times. “It’s ironic.”
In a statement to the Times, Netflix said, “Netflix only has the utmost respect for Ms Gaprindashvili and her illustrious career, but we believe this claim has no merit and will vigorously defend the case.” “
The Queen’s Gambit is a multiple award winning show. It has already won Best Limited Series and Best Actor (Female) at the Limited Series Golden Globe Awards. Later this year, it will also compete at the Primetime Emmy Awards in various categories.