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Chess legend sues Netflix for $5M over ‘Queen’s Gambit’ portrayal
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Soviet-era chess legend Nona Gaprindashvili has sued Netflix over "The Queen’s Gambit" series, alleging defamation and saying that a line in the hit show’s finale was "grossly sexist and belittling."
"The only unusual thing about her, really, is her sex, and even that’s not unique in Russia," an announcer of a chess tournament in the show’s finale episode says, as the camera pans to a woman watching the match. "There’s Nona Gaprindashvili, but she’s the female world champion and has never faced men."
The real Gaprindashvili, an 80-year-old woman from the former Soviet republic Georgia, was the first woman to be named a grandmaster, and she did compete against dozens of men throughout her career.