Netflix under fire for character in hit Queens Gambit

One of the platforms most successful series in recent times, Netflix has received high praise for its series, the Queens Gambit. The series is a fictional series documenting character Elizabeth Harmon’s rise to become an elite chess player. To date it has been viewed by over 62 million households and had success at the Golden Globes and the Emmys.

While the series is fictional it has referenced facts and individuals who are based in the world of chess.

One such individual was Georgian chess icon Nona Gaprindashvili who did not take well to the reference of her within the series. So much so Gaprindashvili has filed a claim for defamation against Netflix.

The claim centres on a statement made about Gaprindashvili in the final episode of the series which stated that the player had not played chess competitively against men.

Gaprindashvili has denied this and confirmed that she has played at least 59 male players by 1968, which is the year in which the series is set. She claims that the statement made by Netflix is not only incorrect but a deliberate lie which is belittling and sexist.

Netflix has responded to the claim filed, confirming that they will defend it as they claim it has no merit.

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