First lady Chess Grandmaster sues Netflix as a result of The Queen’s Gambit stated she by no means confronted males

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Final yr noticed the Netflix sequence The Queen’s Gambit change into one thing of a lockdown hit: the present, primarily based on a 1981 novel by the identical title, follows chess prodigy Beth Harmon on her journey from taking part in in basements to taking part in the world’s greatest within the Soviet Union. The present is a piece of fiction. In portraying the journey of a younger ladies participant in an ‘genuine’ Sixties chess scene, nevertheless, the present now stands accused of denigrating the historical past of a lady who truly did it.

Within the present’s ultimate episode, fictional hero Beth, performed by Anya Taylor-Pleasure, takes half in a high-level match in Moscow (then the epicentre of the chess world). An in-universe commentator says the next over the match at one level: “The one uncommon factor about [Beth], actually, is her intercourse, and even that’s not distinctive in Russia. There’s Nona Gaprindashvili, however she’s the feminine world champion and has by no means confronted males.”



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