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Bobby Fischer's Alleged Daughter -- Checkmate

7/6/2010 5:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Forget DNA -- The U.S. Chess Federation has an even better way to determine if Bobby Fischer is the daddy of a 9-year-old Filipino girl -- see how good she is in the checkmate department.

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Jim Berry, president of the U.S. Chess Federation, tells TMZ chess is a skill that can be inherited -- and the chess community is abuzz with talk about the little girl's possible telltale talent.

Berry adds, "I would like to see her tested to see if she possesses the same abilities that Bobby did at a young age."

Berry says even though the girl was born in the Philippines, she can still end up playing for the U.S. team ... but she'll have to make a serious move (as in location) to make that happen.

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ralph    

The inherited skill wouldn't neccessarily express itself as talent in playing chess though...

Not knowing the exact skills required to excel at chess, I can't imagine what alternate activities would closely mimmick it.

I personally believe that Bobby Fischer's anti-social conduct later in life was a continuation of his chess champion skills. Basically, given all the odd hysteria surrounding Cold War chess competition, only a person who was oblivious to social considerations could achieve.

Chess was forwarded as a game of will and strategic thinking, which were key political concepts in nuclear deterrence. American superiority in chess (over the Soviets) was forwarded as an example of our ability to win against the Soviets in a nuclear show-down.

1568 days ago
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Christmas    

They found Bobby Fischer?

1568 days ago
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pam    

*******s.

1568 days ago
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somewhere in Texas    

I really do hope he did leave a legacy of his skill/mind.

1568 days ago
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Master999    

This guy does not have a clue, like most chess politicians.
There has never been a Grandmaster son of a Grandmaster, so how can it be inherited? There was just an article in this month's Chess Life by Grandmaster Andy Soltis, also an editor for the NY Post, stating that it take 10,000 hours of practice to be good at chess, or any similarly sophisticated pursuit.

I am a chess master and published geneticist and can state clearly, no one knows the genes required for chess ability. Some say math skills, memory skills etc. Russian psychology research said it was pattern recognition. We do know know any genes or gene clusters that map to these skills.

The guys chess rating is 1859, while a master's is 2200. An 1800 should score 1 point out of 32 games with a 2200, based on decades of games. It is pathetic to see such an amateur mislead this site in search of sensational headlines at the expense of your credibility.

1568 days ago
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Master999    

This guy does not have a clue, like most chess politicians.
There has never been a Grandmaster son of a Grandmaster, so how can it be inherited? There was just an article in this month's Chess Life by Grandmaster Andy Soltis, also an editor for the NY Post, stating that it take 10,000 hours of practice to be good at chess, or any similarly sophisticated pursuit.

I am a Senior Chess Master and Life Master, the 2 highest American titles. I am also a published geneticist and can state clearly, no one knows the genes required for chess ability. Some say math skills, memory skills etc. Soviet psychology research said it was pattern recognition. We do know know any genes or gene clusters that map to these skills.

The guys chess rating is 1859, while a master's is 2200. An 1800 should score 1 point out of 32 games with a 2200, based on decades of games. It is pathetic to see such an amateur mislead this site in search of sensational headlines at the expense of your credibility.

1568 days ago
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purelife    

Robert James Fischer had a very successful career in chess, competing and winning championships just after reaching puberty. The U.S. born (March 9, 1943) Robert, or Bobby, as acquaintances call him, rose to fame by becoming world champion in 1972 after beating Soviet Grandmaster Boris Spassky in Reyjavik, Iceland.

In his later years, Bobby traveled and lived for short periods in Hungary, Germany, the Philippines, and later Japan. His traveling resulted from the falling out he had with the U.S. after he competed and won against Spassky in a 1992 rematch in Yugoslavia, which was then a under a strict United Nations embargo. Since then, he never returned to his home country.

1567 days ago
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purelife    

In 2000, Bobby lived in north Philippines and became close friends with international master Rolando Nolte, who served as his guide, driver, and confidant. According to him, Bobby meet Filipina Marilyn in Philippines and finally entered into a relationship. Their union was blessed in May 21, 2001 when daughter Jinky came into the world. Nolte said, he love his family so much.

Bobby Fischer had controversial issues to deal with however. In July 2004, he was arrested at Narita International Airport in Japan for allegedly using a revoked U.S. passport while trying to board a flight to Manila. It was also reported there that he married Miyoko Watai, an international master.

His falling out with the U.S. prevented Bobby from getting released and the thought of deportation to the country he despised affected him. In his plea to the Iceland government in January 2005 he requested for Icelandic citizenship. His request was granted (since he placed the country on the map with his '72 match with Spassky) for humanitarian reasons and he left for Iceland after two months.

Three years later, in January 17, 2008 the chess master died of renal failure in a Reykjavik hospital. He left behind a fortune worth about US$2 million, which immediately became the subject of a legal battle between Jinky, Bobby's presumed wife Miyoko, Bobby's nephews in the States, and the U.S. government for unpaid taxes.

Two years after Bobby's death, developments are in favor of his daughter Jinky, who is now nine years old. An Iceland judge's decision allows her to take a DNA sample from her father's grave in Selfoss, Reykjavik to prove that she is indeed Bobby's child.)
Iceland's Supreme Court has also ruled out Bobby's supposed marriage to Miyoko Watai, leaving the battle between Jinky and Bobby's nephews in the U.S. One lawyer stated that they have much evidence to prove that Bobby was Jinky's father. "We have letters, photos and bank transfers that show Fischer is supporting Young," he said.If Jinky wins, she will get about USD 2Million from her famous father. – PEP, Phils.

1567 days ago
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electriczipper    

I am a chest master..I like boobs..does that count

1567 days ago
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electriczipper    

geez you do a story about chess and it brings the nerds out..
look above........

1567 days ago
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Master999    

Did you mean you are a boob? Insulting jerk

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I am a chest master..I like boobs..does that count

Posted at 4:20 AM on Jul 7, 2010 by electriczipper

1567 days ago
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pinoy    

"Berry says even though the girl was born in the Philippines, she can still end up playing for the U.S. team."

Are we Filipinos monkeys that the girl has to be moved to the US to play chess? So you assume Filipinos dont know what chess is or dont know how to play it?

You white guys always think other countries are 2nd rate compared to yourselves. Thus the terms 1st world, 2nd world and 3rd world countries which white guys coined.

Basing the paternity of Fischer's daughter on her ability to play chess is stupid.

1567 days ago
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electriczipper    

I wear wrangler jeans ..does that make me a chess master..geeez whats geeks are you...I could outplay you any day of the week..
checkmate ya bonehead

1567 days ago
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electriczipper    

Posted at 8:14 AM on Jul 7, 2010 by pinoy

everyone knows americans are the best at anything,,now pinoy go cut down some bananas and pineapples for my punch

1567 days ago
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Master999    

Better work on making coherent sentences before you think about tackling a chess master. Geez, how retarded are you? Why don't you go back to your Britney Spears fan blog and leave brain games to the people who have them?

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