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Cheque-mate? Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit hit with $5m lawsuit by real-life chess champ

Netflix is being sued for $5 million by chess icon Nona Gaprindashvili over a line in The Queen’s Gambit comparing her to the main character.

In the episode, a commentator says Gaprindashvili “has never faced men”. Gaprindashvili’s lawyers claim that’s “manifestly false” as well as “grossly sexist and belittling”. By 1968, the year in which this episode is set, she had competed against at least 59 male chess players, including at least ten Grandmasters of that time

The streaming giant said it has “the utmost respect for Ms. Gaprindashvili and her illustrious career,” however, believes her claims have “no merit”.

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