Nonna Gabrindashvili sues Netflix for alleged defamation in ‘Queen’s Gambit’

GM Nonna Gabrindashvili He sued Netflix for “false light invasion of privacy” and defamation after a line in his hit series Queen’s gambit I mistakenly suggested that she was only playing against women.

The women’s fifth world chess champion is seeking more than $5 million in damages for what the suit claims is a “devastating lie that undermines and degrades her accomplishments in front of an audience of millions.”

The lawsuit revolves around a line in the final episode of the hugely successful series that won two Golden Globes earlier this year and is expected to win multiple awards at the 2021 Emmy Awards on Sunday.

While the main heroine plays a tournament in Moscow, one of the commentators says: “The only thing unusual about her, really, is her gender, and even this is not unique in Russia. There is Nonna Gabrindashvili, but she is the world champion and she has never faced men.

But this is far from the truth and even somewhat ironic. The 80-year-old Gabrindashvili, who still plays in the adult tournaments, is actually the first ever player to win the “Over the Year” Grandmaster title, which she did in 1978. In addition to being the women’s world champion for 16 years. Years (1962-1978), Georgian chess legend I often played in open tournaments as well and faced many guys, including three world champions: GMs Michael TalAnd Boris Spassky, And Viswanathan Anand.

In covering the lawsuit, New York times He states that the title of one of their articles from 1968 reads, “Chess: Miss Gabrindashvili Beats 7 Men in Strong Championship.”

Nonna Gabrindashvili. Photo: Maria Emelyanova /

Georgian-speaking Gabrindashvili was quoted in a video interview recently organized by her lawyers that was translated into English by her grandson: “They were trying to do this fictional character who was making the way for other women, when in fact I was already leading the way and inspiring generations …. It was a humiliating experience. This is my whole life that has been crossed out as unimportant.”

Interestingly, the 1983 رواية novel Queen’s gambit Written by Walter Tevis, on which the series is largely based, he doesn’t mention that Gabrindashvili has never faced men. In fact, the book reads:There was Nonna Gabrindashvili, not up to this tournament, she was a player who all these Russian masters had met many times before.”

25-page lawsuit complaint, Available online here, claims that Beth Harmon’s character “clearly builds on” Gaprindashvili’s “achievements: Harmon is in many respects a fictional American version of the real-life Georgian prodigy who was the first to break gender barriers in international chess in the 1960s by competing with and defeating the great players” .

Queen’s gambit It was watched by more than 62 million households in just the first month after its release. Partly because of this huge success, the lawsuit claims that a line the “men” never encountered is causing professional damage to Gabrindashvili:

“The false statements caused personal humiliation, distress and pain to Gabrindashvili, as well as damage to her earnings, earnings and continued ability to engage in her career in the world of chess. Consequently, she has suffered “special damage” in the form of financial losses and lost business opportunities of at least 75 Thousand dollars, general damages and damages [sic] Not less than $5,000,000, to be all [sic] Established at trial.

The series producer provided the following statement: “Netflix has great respect for Ms. Gaprindashvili and her illustrious career, but we believe this claim has no merit and we will vigorously defend the case.”

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