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Chess Grandmaster sues Netflix over 'sexist' Queen's Gambit portrayal

The allegations of sexism have been framed in light of the incorrect depiction of the career achievements of the first female grandmaster

Chess Grandmaster sues Netflix over sexist Queens Gambit portrayal
Netflix show The Queen's Gambit

C.C. Chengappa

Updated: 26 Sep 2021 2:49 PM GMT

Queen's gambit was all the rage when it was first released last year in October. The series became famous for its portrayal of women in chess and won approval from across the world. However, trouble seems to be brewing as the facts of the movie have been disputed. Nona Grapindashvilli has filed a suit against the producers of the film for its misinformation and sexist portrayal.

One of the final scenes in the finale reveals information about the Russian Grandmaster. The character in the scene states "There's Nona Gaprindashvili, but she's the female world champion and has never faced men." This fact is disputed by Nona Gaprindashvili in reality who states that she faced 59 men in total during her career. All this was before Beth Harmon even came into the picture according to the lawsuit filed by her.

Nona also stated that the film has incorrectly represented her as she is Georgian and not Russian. She is a 5-time World Chess Champion and won her first world title when she was just 21. She also became the first female grandmaster ever in 1978. Some of the grandmasters she faced were Paul Keres, Boris Spassky, Mikhail Tal and India's very own Vishwanathan Anand.

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