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Bobby Fischer Heritage Dispute Continues in Iceland

After a DNA test determined that Jinky Young, a girl from the Philippines, isn’t late chess master Robert J. Fischer’s daughter, her mother Marilyn’s claim to Fischer’s estate on behalf of her daughter has been dismissed. However, the heritage dispute continues.

Fischer’s grave in south Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Both Fischer’s alleged widow Myoko Watai and his nephews are making claim to the estate, Morgunbladid reports. Their case continues in Reykjavík District Court next month.

Thórdur Bogason, Jinky Young’s lawyer, confirmed yesterday that the forensic department of the Landspítali hospital in Reykjavík had sent its conclusion to the lawyers involved in this case that the girl, who was born in 2001, couldn’t be Fischer’s daughter.

Fischer’s body was exhumed last month to collect a biological sample for the DNA test and to determine whether Jinky’s mother Marilyn’s claim that Fischer was the father of her daughter was right.

Among evidence submitted by Marilyn Young was a photograph from 2004 of her, Jinky and Fischer lying in a bed together and a postcard to Jinky from Fischer which he had signed with “Daddy”. The mother and daughter visited Fischer in Iceland in 2005.

In December last year, the Supreme Court of Iceland reversed a ruling by Reykjavík District Court that a public distribution of Fischer’s estate did not have to take place.

The Supreme Court concluded that sufficient proof that Watai and Fischer had been married was lacking. Watai has yet to respond to the court’s request to submit documents confirming her and Fischer’s marriage.

Fischer became an Icelandic citizen in 2005 and passed away in January 2008. At his request, he was buried in the remote Laugardaelakirkjugardur cemetery in south Iceland.

Click here to read more about the legal dispute surrounding his estate.

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