Bobby Fischer documentary, to feature Torre, Pinay wife and daughter of chess genius

September 25, 2009 9:41 am 

MANILA, Sept. 25 — Asia's first Grandmaster Eugenio "Eugene" Torre and the Filipino common-law wife and child of the late Robert "Bobby" Fischer will appear in a documentary being filmed by BBC-HBO on the life of the greatest chess player that ever pushed a pawn.

In a long distance call to lawyer Samuel Estimo Thursday, Matthew Justus, co-producer of the project, invited Torre, Marilyn and Jinky Young to be in New York on the last week of November for the live interviews.

They will be accompanied by Estimo, per agreement, to avoid any issues during the sessions, that might affect the ongoing probate proceedings before the court of Reykjavik, Iceland on the claim of Jinky to the estate of her deceased father.

Fischer died of renal failure in Iceland on Jan. 17, 2008 and left some P140 million and gold deposits in the Landsbanki, one of the biggest banks in Iceland.

A woman claiming to be Fischer’s legal wife and two nephews of the late chess legend had also filed their claims before the probate court in Reykjavik.

According to Estimo, the BBC-HBO documentary will focus mainly on the chess exploits of Fischer when he single-handedly shamed the Soviet Union by wresting the world title from Boris Spassky during their 1972 epic match in Reykjavik.

It will also feature their return match in the former Yugoslavia which earned a US Federal charge for Fischer resulting in his incarceration in a Japanese airport cell in 2007.

Torre, Marilyn and Jinky Young will provide the Philippine connection in Fischer’s life starting with his early visits to the country in the early 70s to his romantic liaison with Marilyn and the birth of Jinky in 2001.

It was Torre who introduced Marilyn to the late chess icon at the Baguio Golf and Country Club. (PNA) vcs/LOR/pr

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