His life began in Brooklyn, NY, and ended 64 years later in Reykjavík, Iceland. Bobby Fischer, former champion of the chess world, lived a life mired in controversy, and post mortem has proved no different.
Fischer died in January, 2008, with a $2 million estate, two nephews, an alleged Japanese wife, an alleged six-year-old-Filipino-love-child named Jinky, and no will.
Miyoko Watai, Fischer's supposed widow, is the head of the Japanese Chess Association, and claims to have married Fischer while he was in a Japanese jail in 2004. The nine-year-old Jinky was allegedly conceived after Fischer met Marilyn Young, a woman more than 30 years his former, at a tennis club in the Philippines in 2000. According to the NY Post, under Icelandic law, "Fischer's nephews would have the best claim if he died without a wife or child. If he died with a wife, she would get everything. But if there was both a wife and child, the widow would get one third and the child two thirds."
In order to settle this paternity dispute, the Icelandic Supreme Court granted Young's petition to exhume Fischer's body in order to retrieve a DNA sample to match up with Jinky's. The former chess champion's remains were dug up at an Iceland cemetery, and buried once the sample was taken.
Stay tuned for more news on the paternity saga.