Filipina claims genius chessmaster Bobby Fischer fathered her daughter, refuses IHT interview without a talent fee

A Filipino woman named Marilyn Young, 30, claims that her nine-year-old daughter Jinky is the only child of the late international chessmaster Bobby Fischer, reports the International Herald Tribune. Fischer’s remains in Iceland were exhumed this month for DNA testing to determine if he is indeed the father of Jinky, as ordered by Iceland’s Supreme Court. The paternity results will come out in a week or two.

Since Fischer’s death in 2008, his estate said to be worth about $2 million has been a topic of dispute among Young; four-time chess champion Miyoko Watai, who claims she married Fischer in 2004; and Alexander and Nicholas Targ, his two estranged nephews. Fischer was 64 when he died.

To prove her claim, Young submitted to Icelandic courts postcards from Fischer to Jinky that were signed "Daddy," and a photo of the three of them in bed supposedly taken in 2004, among other documents. According to Fischer’s friends, though, Fischer merely supported Jinky, whom he was fond of. "Being generous does not make him a father to her child," Fischer’s friend Magnus Skulason told the International Herald Tribune.

According to the International Herald Tribune, the then 22-year-old Young and Fischer, then 58, met at a party thrown by Filipino chess grandmaster Eugene Torre in Baguio in 2000. After less than a year, Young gave birth to Jinky.


The International Herald Tribune says Young refused to be interviewed without being paid a talent fee.

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Video clip on the biography of Bobby Fischer

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