Netflix Settles The Queen’s Gambit Libel Lawsuit With Chess Grandmaster Nona Gaprindashvili

Netflix Settles The Queen’s Gambit Libel Lawsuit With Chess Grandmaster Nona Gaprindashvili

  • Gaprindashvili, the first grandmaster in chess history, filed a $5 million lawsuit against Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit in September 2021.
  • She claims that the show defamed her for a line at the end of the show that claimed she had never played against men.
  • In fact, he had faced 58 male competitors in 1968, the year the series was set.
  • Netflix requested that the lawsuit be dismissed, but a judge upheld the lawsuit in January, leading to the settlement.
  • No settlement details were disclosed at this time.

Netflix has ended a nearly year-long legal battle over its hit miniseries The Queen’s Gambit.

The streaming service was sued in mid-September 2021 by Nona Gaprindashvili, the first woman to be named a chess “grandmaster” in 1978.

She was seeking $5 million in the defamation lawsuit, which was settled Tuesday, according to Variety.

End: Netflix has ended a nearly year-long legal battle over its hit miniseries The Queen's Gambit

End: Netflix has ended a nearly year-long legal battle over its hit miniseries The Queen’s Gambit

Grandmaster: The streaming service was sued in mid-September 2021 by Nona Gaprindashvili, the first woman to be named

Grandmaster: The streaming service was sued in mid-September 2021 by Nona Gaprindashvili, the first woman to be named a chess ‘grandmaster’ in 1978

Details about the terms of the settlement were not disclosed, although lawyers for both parties confirmed the deal.

“The parties are pleased that the matter has been resolved,” said attorney Alexander Rufus-Isaacs, who represented Gaprindashvili.

“We are pleased that the matter has been resolved,” a Netflix spokesperson added in a brief statement.

Gaprindashvili was mentioned in the final episode of The Queen’s Gambit, which follows the fictional chess exploits of Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy).

The last episode shows Harmon defeating a male competitor in a tournament in Moscow, with one commentator stating that her opponent underestimated her.

‘The only unusual thing about her, really, is her sex. And even that is not unique to Russia. There is Nona Gaprindashvili, but she is the women’s world champion and she has never faced men,” the announcer said.

Beth: Gaprindashvili was mentioned in the final episode of The Queen's Gambit, which follows the fictional chess exploits of Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy)

Beth: Gaprindashvili was mentioned in the final episode of The Queen’s Gambit, which follows the fictional chess exploits of Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy)

Unusual: 'The only unusual thing about her, really, is her sex.  And even that is not unique to Russia.  There is Nona Gaprindashvili, but she is the women's world champion and she has never faced men,” the announcer said.

Unusual: ‘The only unusual thing about her, really, is her sex. And even that is not unique to Russia. There is Nona Gaprindashvili, but she is the women’s world champion and she has never faced men,” the announcer said.

In reality, however, Gaprindashvili faced 59 male competitors in 1968, the year the series was established.

The lawsuit he filed last September claimed the announcer’s line on the show was “grossly untrue, as well as extremely sexist and demeaning.”

Netflix requested that the lawsuit be dismissed, claiming that the show’s creators were licensed to change things under the First Amendment.

Competitors: However, in reality, Gaprindashvili had faced 59 male competitors in 1968, the year the series was established.

Competitors: However, in reality, Gaprindashvili had faced 59 male competitors in 1968, the year the series was established.

However, US District Judge Virginia A. Phillips disagreed, finding that Gaprindashvili had made a plausible argument that she had been defamed, in a January ruling.

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“Netflix does not cite, and the Court is not aware of, any case that excludes libel claims for the portrayal of real people in fictional works,” the judge wrote.

“The fact that the series was a fictional work does not insulate Netflix from liability for libel if all elements of libel are present,” Phillips added.

Defamed: However, US District Judge Virginia A. Phillips disagreed, finding that Gaprindashvili had made a plausible argument that she had been defamed, in a January ruling

Defamed: However, US District Judge Virginia A. Phillips disagreed, finding that Gaprindashvili had made a plausible argument that she had been defamed, in a January ruling

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