DNA test could prove Fischer had Pinoy daughter

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 18 2010 11:27 PM | Updated as of Jun 20 2010 05:47 AM

American Bobby Fischer during his World Chess Championship match against Russian-born Boris Spassky in November 1992. Fischer won the game and the tournament with a score of 10 games to five. (AFP)

MANILA, Philippines -- A Filipina whose daughter she claimed was fathered by the late chess champion Bobby Fischer lauded Iceland's Supreme Court decision authorizing a DNA test to settle the dispute over the chess legend’s estate.

Atty. Samuel Estimo, counsel of Fischer’s Filipina common-law wife Marilyn Young and her 9-year-old daughter Jinky, said the paternity test will finally prove their claim.

“Natutuwa siya,” Estimo said of Marilyn’s reaction following the court ruling. “Halos maiyak nga dahil finally daw sabi niya, malalaman talaga kung ano yung katotohanan.”

Iceland’s Supreme Court overturned a ruling by the District Court of Reykjavik last month, allowing the disinterment of Fischer's body to test if he indeed fathered Jinky.

“The purpose there is that para makakuha ng DNA samples ni Bobby Fischer para i-compare sa blood samples ni Jinky Young,” said Estimo.

The lawyer stressed that aside from the inheritance, Marilyn really wanted to prove that Fischer had a daughter in the Philippines.

Fischer, considered one of the greatest chess players of all time, died on January 17, 2008. He is buried at the cemetery of Laugardaelir Church in southern Iceland.

His estate is estimated to be worth about $2 million (roughly around P91 million) and is reportedly contested by 3 parties in addition to Young: a Japanese wife, 2 American nephews and the US government, whom he owed unpaid taxes.

According to Iceland’s public broadcaster RUV, new evidence had emerged that Fischer had transferred money to Jinky’s mother in 2006 and 2007, boosting her case that he was in fact her father.

Torre attests claim
Fischer’s close friend Eugene Torre, Asia’s first chess grandmaster, attested to the relationship between the chess giant and Marilyn.

Torre first met Fischer in 1967 when the US-born chess player competed in a tournament in the Philippines.

Fischer frequently visited the Philippines, even settling in Baguio City from 2000 to 2002, when he met Marilyn.

"Nandun ako ng nagkakilala sila, alam ko ang nasa puso ni Fischer ‘yung love niya sa kanyang pamilya," said Torre.

However, Fischer travelled to Hungary, Germany, Japan and eventually settled in Iceland to escape US authorities. He was wanted for breaking international sanctions by playing a chess match in Yugoslavia in 1992.

Fischer, who made world headlines when he defeated Soviet world champion Boris Spassky in their Cold War showdown in Reykjavik in 1972, took Icelandic citizenship in 2005 to avoid being deported to the US. -- With reports from Sol Aragones, ABS-CBN News, and Agence France-Presse