"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.



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Zagliveri_chess Zagliveri_chess 9/25/2021 02:52
* In a Belgian production of a cold war espionage movie one of the leading characters mentions that the founder of IKEA, the Swedish furniture company, used funds entrusted to him by Nazi leader to start the company after their demise. The company sued requesting and apology and damages. The producer settled.

There is a long least of successful litigation cases against false statements regarding real persons. In democratic countries freedom of speech guarantees one's right to speak her mind, but it also protects from slander. Nona Gapridashvili's case became stronger by the fact that she first asked only for an apology. It may get even stronger if she, as it is rumored, formally commits to passing any damages awarded to her to an orphanage or hospital in Georgia.
Zagliveri_chess Zagliveri_chess 9/25/2021 02:43
82% of 2019 Michigan High School seniors failed to name the states that share a land border with the state they live in (U. Michigan study, Ann Arbor, MI). Would you then expect them to know who Gapridashvili and where Georgia is? Facts like these are circulated heavily in propaganda, damage the international reputation of the US, and reduce its influence in the world. Using public ignorance to ameliorate the effects of slander is a very dangerous policy.

I discussed this issue with a friend who is an expert in corporate law. He is also a decent chess player, about 2100. He said the following:

* When using actual names in works of fiction, there must be a disclaimer explicating that the individuals mentioned are fictitious. If not, the authors and publishers are liable for the content. Or a statement saying that opinions expressed do not reflect those of the publisher, etc.

* An Italian movie in the 1990s contained a derogatory statement about Marie Curie (née Maria Sklodowska). Her name was mentioned in a dialog and described as an illiterate gold digger who married Pierre Curie. The fact was that she had a university degree before she met her future husband. A French Foundation sued the producer in Italian court. The two parties reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount of money paid to the Foundation. For those who the name does not ring a bell, Marie Curie Curie "developed methods for the separation of radium from radioactive residues in sufficient quantities to allow for its characterization and the careful study of its properties, therapeutic properties in particular" (Nobel Prize Foundation). She got two Nobel prices for her contributions.
hansj hansj 9/24/2021 01:53
Yes, Graprindashvili took first place in Challengers Group 1963/64. Her opponents were men, all nine of them.
Jacob woge Jacob woge 9/23/2021 09:25
“Gaprindashvili played in Hastings 1963/64”

Challengers, that is.
Green22 Green22 9/22/2021 09:56
.041 its been really dope? lol good lord.
hansj hansj 9/22/2021 12:11
Gaprindashvili played in Hastings 1963/64, Reykjavik 1964, Hastings 1964/65, Beverwijk 1966, Gothenburg 1967.
Martas Martas 9/22/2021 09:25
So GM Gaprindashvili is well known for being successful in strong tournaments with men, including world champions, however that's a matter of 70-ies, while QG talks about 60-ies and pictures GM Gaprindashvili as a fresh female world chess champion (1962). Are there any notable games of her playing with strong men from that time? Similar to some people claiming that she is Georgian and not Russian, which is obviously true today, but in 60-ies there were not many people able to state this publicly.
What's coming next? GM Wolff complaining about his drawn game with Ivanchuk being used for the grand finale to beat Borgov?
MauvaisFou MauvaisFou 9/21/2021 09:32
I always thought that Ms Gaprindashvili (80 years old, yes, so what ? do you insinuate she is senile ?) learnt how to play chess. I must be wrong according to Somewhat Unexperienced, who is 2800 for sure.
Furthermore, she first asked for apologies, and did not get them, so she decided to sue. It is a creative product (product ! yes, that's the right word, not a piece of art), maybe, but with little to do with chess, actually. What a joke to see the game Morphy vs Duke of Brunswick and Comte Isouard replayed in a simultaneous blitz ...
Phillidor Phillidor 9/21/2021 05:46
If someone threatens with a 1.000.000$ lawsuit and succeeds with a 50.000$ settlement, isn't it easy money? I would't expect much from a lawsuit like this though.
Somewhat Experienced Somewhat Experienced 9/21/2021 04:50
Gaprindashvili, 80 ys old and hasn't learnt a thing in her life, evoking fake pride and pointless anger instead of simply enjoying a creative product. The mind boggles. And attorneys - aren't they the lowliest rated profession in the world?