Chess Legend Fischer’s Filipina Daughter Claims Share in Estate

by Maria Sunantha Quibilan/

The Filipino daughter of the late Bobby Fischer will be claiming her share of the American-born chess master’s $1.95 million estate, according to a lawyer hired by the girl’s mother.

Lawyer Samuel Estimo is gathering documents to present to the courts in order to prove that the seven-year-old Jinky, Fischer’s daughter by Filipina Marilyn Young, is entitled to the chess legend’s estate.

Estimo claimed in an interview that he has in possession of copies of passport and bank records of Fischer’s seven-year-old daughter.

Other documents include the child’s birth and baptismal certificates, photos taken with and signed with notes by Fischer, and bank remittances.

He added that he would file the claim in Iceland, Fischer’s adoptive country since losing his American citizenship in 2005, and where he died from kidney failure in January of this year.

Estimo also admits that the girl’s claims are expected to be contested by two nephews of Fischer’s, and by Miyoko Watai, a Japanese woman who claims to be Fischer’s wife.

Jinky, who was born in Baguio City in May 21, 2001, was known only to close friends of Fischer’s like Filipino grandmaster Eugene Torre. It was reported that Dutch writer and chess champion Tim Krabbe once wrote about Jinky, saying that Fischer came to Baguio from Japan in May 2000 and asked for help from friends with regard perpetuating his genes.

Fischer became world chess champion in 1972 when he beat Boris Spassky of the then Soviet Union, which led him to being recognized as a Cold War icon. In 1975, he was unable to defend this title against Russian challenger Anatoli Karpov because of eccentric requests that were not granted him. In 1992, Fischer had a rematch with Spassky in Yugoslavia.  He won the rematch and the prize money worth almost $3.5 million but lost his American citizenship for competing in a disputed area. The reclusive Fischer in his later life was a fierce critic of the United States.


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