The game of queens: amicable agreement between a chess player and Netflix

I am happy that this file has found a solution, mentioned the lawyer of the player, Alexander Rufus-Isaacs. Netflix declined to comment immediately. The two parties had been engaged in a mediation procedure since March.

Consequence of this arrangement: the platform has formally waived its right to appeal a decision by a federal judge in Los Angeles, who considered that Ms. Gaprindashvili’s action was well founded, even if the series is intended to be a work of fiction .

The transaction amount was not sent. The Georgian-born champion claimed US$5 million (C$6.6 million) in damages from Netflix.

The defense invokes the US Constitution

Nona Gaprindashvili blamed the series for defaming her by including a mention of the Georgian player that she would not have never faced men in competition, unlike the fictional heroine of the Ladies gameAmerican Beth Harmon (played by Anya Taylor-Joy).

Anya Taylor-Joy embodies the heroine of the series “The game of the lady”.

Picture: Netflix

However, in 1968, the year during which the series takes place, the legend of Soviet chess had already faced dozens of men, as the interested party had argued.

This allegation against Ms Gaprindashvili is patently false, as well as grossly sexist and disparagingsaid the Georgian player in the summons filed in federal court in Los Angeles in September 2021.

The platform had initially estimated this action without no basisarguing that it was a work of fiction protected by the US Constitution and its First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of expression.

This argument used by the defense was invalidated by judge Virginia Phillips, before the two parties finally agreed on an out-of-court solution.

Nona Gaprindashvili became, in 1978, the first female chess grandmaster in history.

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