The world chess champion is suing a chess piece designer, the Russian manufacturer of which he said is responsible for damaging the Queen’s famed piece.
The suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeks $15 million in damages.
In the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, the Queen is alleged to have caused damage to its chess pieces that cost her a significant amount of time and money.
“The Queen’s chess pieces are among the most iconic pieces in the history of the world, with millions of players and fans tuning in every year to watch the world’s greatest players play,” the suit reads.
“In response to Defendant’s claims, Plaintiffs have provided a thorough, and detailed, detailed account of Defendant’s damage to the Queen, including allegations of deliberate tampering and improper design of the Queen.”
The suit alleges that, according to an unnamed Queen designer, a computer program was used to replace the queen pieces.
That program, which is also being sued in the suit, would cause the pieces to “swear allegiance to the king and queen, with the queen serving as a surrogate monarch,” according to the suit.
The Queen was designed in the 1920s and played in the first World Championship in 1930, but has since been used by numerous players, including Grandmaster Bobby Fischer and World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
The chess pieces have been used in tournaments across the globe.
They have also been featured in the film Chess and in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
The queen is also the subject a 2012 book, The Queen: The Life and Times of the Chess King.
In that book, the author, Jonathan Gold, writes about his time working on the Queen.
Gold said in the book that he was “unaware” of the problems the chess pieces caused, and said he was surprised by the lawsuit.
“I never imagined there would be a lawsuit,” Gold told Engadge.
“It was a shock.”