Did you know who Nona Gaprindashvili is?
Unfortunately, after almost a year since it was launched, the show is now facing a millions-worth lawsuit. This was after the real Chess Grandmaster, Nona Gaprindashvili, claimed in the court that Netflix showed a ‘falsehood’ about her career as a professional chess player.
Nona Gaprindashvili has never faced men
“There’s Nona Gaprindashvili, but she’s the female world champion and has never faced men.”
That was the line from the show that made Gaprindashvili herself angry about the Netflix program. In an exclusive report from the New York Times, the real Chess Grandmaster— the first woman to be recognized as one— claimed that the line is a “devastating falsehood.”
She said in the report that she already defeated many male chess players in the past. Thus, her depiction in the show is not accurate as they imagine.
The real-life chess grandmaster also told in the Federal District Court in Los Angeles that Netflix insulted her with the said line.
The suit claims that the line is “undermining and degrading her [Gaprindashvili] accomplishments before an audience of many millions.”
What Netflix has to do
As per the CNet report, there was still no further information about the said lawsuit of Gaprindashvili.
However, the team of Gaprindashvili reportedly aims for Netflix to first remove the said line in the show. The chess grandmaster also criticized it and called it “ironic.”
“They were trying to do this fictional character who was blazing the trail for other women when in reality I had already blazed the trail and inspired generations,” she said.
So far, the exact amount of the said lawsuit is not yet identified. But, the reports claimed that Gaprindashvili is seeking millions of dollars worth due to the said falsehood statement.
As of now, Netflix has already made a statement about the issue. They said that they respect the claims of the chess grandmaster. However, the company said that they don’t believe her claims have “merit” and they will also seek legal advice about the charges.
Who is Nona Gaprindashvili?
According to the World Chess Of website, Gaprindashvili is one of the most renowned female chess players in the world.
She was born in Zugdidi, Georgia, and has been playing chess since the age of five. Currently, the chess grandmaster is still playing in various chess contests. In fact, in 2009, she won first place in World Senior Women Chess Championship.
As mentioned, Gaprindashvili is the first woman to be recognized as a chess grandmaster by FIDE. From 1961 up to 1990, she had won different titles from various countries around the globe.
Some of her winnings were from the Women’s Candidates Tournament, the 1977 Lone Pine International Tournament, the Women’s World Championship, the Women’s Soviet Chess Championship, and being a member of the Soviet Women’s Chess Olympiad team.