"The Queen's Gambit": Eleven Emmys and a lawsuit

by André Schulz
9/21/2021 – After winning nine Emmys in technical categories, "The Queen's Gambit", the chess series based on Walter Tevis' novel, on Sunday also won Emmys for "Outstanding Limited Or Anthology Series" and "Outstanding Directing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie". However, former Women's World Champion Nona Gaprindashvili is unhappy about the production - she feels she was misrepresented in the series.

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The Netflix series "The Queens's Gambit" thrilled critics and viewers alike and has brought many new fans to chess. The series was consequently nominated in numerous categories for the "Emmy Award", the prize for the best TV productions, similar to the Oscar Award for cinema productions. On 11/12 September, the prizes for the best productions in numerous technical categories were already awarded. There, "The Queen's Gambit" already received nine Emmys in the miniseries category for casting, cinematography, costumes, editing, make-up (non-prosthetic), dramatic original music, sound editing, sound mixing and production design.

Sunday night now saw the announcement and presentation of the main Emmy Awards, and  "The Queen's Gambit" has now also won two Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Limited Or Anthology Series" and "Outstanding Directing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie".

In the category "Limited Series" (series with only one season), a total of 18 Emmys were awarded, of which "The Queen's Gambit" received eleven awards.

All nominations for the "The Queen's Gambit"...


When asked if there would be a continuation of the series, director Scott Frank said: "I'm so sorry. I hate disappointing anyone, but no. I feel like we told the story that we wanted to tell and I'm terrified that if we'd try to tell more, we would ruin what we've already told."

According to Netflix, in October 2020, "The Queen's Gambit" was the most successful miniseries ever, with 62 million households worldwide watching the chess adventures of Beth Harmon. At the beginning of 2021, "The Queen's Gambit" and leading actress Anya Taylor-Joy already received a Golden Globe.

It became known last week that former Women's World Champion Nona Gaprindashvili wants to file a lawsuit against Netflix. In the film adaptation of the novel by Walter Tevis, it was claimed that the female world champion had never faced men, a statement Gaprindashvili and her attorneys called grossly sexist and belittling.

That Gaprindashvili did not play against men is indeed wrong, but she certainly never played against men for the World Championship.



André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.


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