During the Cold War, the four legendary female chess players from Georgia revolutionized women’s chess across the globe, and became Soviet icons of female emancipation. Glory to the Queen reveals their interwoven biographies and is both – a rare look into the present lives of chess stars Nona Gaprindashvili, Nana Alexandria, Maia Chiburdanidze and Nana Ioseliani, as well as a chronicle of their lasting legacy.

Director's biography

Tatia Skhirtladze, a visual artist and filmmaker living in Vienna and Tbilisi. She received her degree in Art Education in Georgia and Austria and her degree in Fine Arts in the Netherlands. Since 2011, she has worked as a senior artist at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her work oscillates between visual arts and film, with a focus on both site-specific art and long-term mix media projects, shown at many national and international venues. Tatia also conducts educational workshops focused on audio-visual art practice. She is the inventor and co-developer of “Mobile Pictures Project”, a film education module using mobile phones.

Festivals and awards

CinéDOC Tbilisi International Film Festival 2020
CinEast Film Festival, Luxembourg 2020


Glory to the Queen (doc.)
Director: Tatia Skhirtladze
Co-director: Anna Khazaradze
Country: Austria, Georgia, Serbia
Year: 2020
Runtime: 82′
Language: Georgian, Russian, Serbian, English, German
Cast: Nona Gaprindashvili, Nana Ioseliani, Nana Alexandria 
Production: berg hammer film, AMOUR FOU Vienna, 1991 Productions, Playground produkcija
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