ROME, January 28 – Netflix will have to respond to the lawsuit filed by Georgian chess champion Nona Gaprindashvili against the hugely popular series The Chess Queen accused of denigrating her. The streaming giant has been accused of having misrepresented “one of the most significant career achievements” of the Soviet chess legend, namely that of having faced male players. In the final episode of the series, a character says that Elizabeth Harmon, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, “is not a big player at all… the only unusual thing is her gender. And this too is not unique in Russia. There is Nona Gaprindashvili, but she is a female chess champion and has never challenged men ”. Instead Gaprindashvili, who is now 80 and lives in Tbilisi, Georgia, dueled with dozens of men: according to the cause, 59, including 28 in simultaneous meetings, as well as 10 grand masters before 1968, the year in which the TV series is set. Netflix claimed that “no reasonable viewer took the joke as a statement of fact” as it was “an entirely fictional work.” In addition, the streaming platform insisted, to understand “the alleged defamation” the millions of viewers of the series would have to have a knowledge of Soviet chess history of the 1960s. ” He then asked for the case to be closed on the basis of the First Amendment, the one on freedom of speech and press. However, a California judge said that “there is no reason to prevent real people depicted in a fictional work from filing a libel complaint if they see fit.” Conversely, the fact that the series was a work of fiction does not relieve Netflix of responsibility “if all elements of defamation are present”. (HANDLE).