Fischer's daughter Jinky files claim to his estate

by ChessBase
11/11/2009 – Yesterday we published a report on an Icelandic court awarding Fischer's estate to his lawfully wedded wife Miyoko Watai. Today we received a message from Marilyn Young, Fischer's "Filipina live-in partner", who is seeking justice for her and Fischer's eight-year-old daughter Jinky. The two are on their way to Iceland to file their claim. Marilyn has sent us some fairly compelling photographic evidence.

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Fischer's daughter Jinky files claim to his estate

Ms. Marilyn Young, the Filipina live-in partner of the late chess legend Bobby Fischer has come out with her comment on the news from Iceland regarding the decision of the Iceland Supreme Court recognizing the legality of the marriage of Fischer to the Japanese Miyoko Watai.

Through her lawyer, Samuel Estimo, Ms. Young said, "It's well that Miyoko has been declared as the lawful wife of Bobby. But I am still seeking justice for Jinky, my daughter with Bobby, who was born in Baguio City, Philippines in May, 2001."

Ms. Young filed the claim of her daughter with the probate court of Reykjavic within the legal period, submitting in the process Jinky's birth certificate, family fotos, bank remittances of Bobby's financial support and the affidavit of GM Eugene Torre, Asia's first grandmaster and long-time confidant and chief second to the chess icon in his return match with GM Boris Spassky in the former Yugoslavia in 1992.

Under Icelandic law, the lawful wife gets one-third of the estate of a deceased person while the lawful child inherits the remaining two-thirds.

Marilyn and Jinky Young, GM Eugene Torre and lawyer Samuel Estimo are scheduled to go to London during the last week of November for a shoot of a BBC-HBO documentary on the life of Fischer. "We will be proceeding to Iceland after the shoot in London to follow-up the claim of Jinky," Marilyn said.

"We are even willing to subject Jinky to DNA tests if that should be the case," lawyer Estimo said. "We complied with all the requirements in filing a estate claim before the probate court of Reykjavic, and we expect a fair and justified ruling, nothing less, nothing more, nothing else," he added.

"Bobby will turn in his grave if the inheritance of his daughter Jinky will not be awarded by the Icelandic court," GM Eugene Torre said. "I had seen with my two eyes how Bobby lovingly took care of her daughter Jinky during her infant days in Baguio," concluded Torre.

Marilyn Young
Davao City, Philippines

Picture of Bobby Fischer and Marilyn Young, with dedication, taken in Hongkong dated Dec. 14, 2000

Bobby Fischer with Jinky Young and live-in partner Marilyn Young. This picture is dated March 26, 2004

Postcard enclosed in a gift package from Iceland by Bobby Fischer to Jinky

Dedication written on the back of the postcard

Another postcard sent by Fischer with a gift to Jinky

Note on the back of the postcard to Jinky

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