SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
The man just can’t escape being the centre of controversy and media attention. Being dead is just not a good enough excuse! Poor Bobby’s remains are to be dug up and tested to help settle legal issues regarding his estate. Not just at stake is his immediate estate, but his future earnings. If Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson are to be taken as models, celebrities are worth more dead than alive!
Fischer’s remains to be exhumed
In a bizarre twist to the battle for the estate left by the late chess legend Bobby Fischer, lawyer Sammy Estimo disclosed that the remains of the chess icon will have to be exhumed soon.
Estimo, lawyer of Fischer’s Filipino child, Jinky Young, said that Judge Sigrun Gudmundsdottir of the Icelandic probate court found no DNA samples of Fischer at the National Hospital in Iceland where the ex-world champion died on January 17, 2008 of renal failure.
Because of this development, Estimo and his collaborating Icelandic lawyer, Thordur Bogason, were left with no other recourse but to request the court to issue an order for the exhumation of Bobby’s remains for DNA samples to be tested with the blood samples extracted from Jinky when she went to Iceland in December last year.
Jinky, Fischer’s nephews and the Japanese Miyoko Watai, who claims to have married Fischer in 2004, are claimants to the estimated P140 million and gold deposits left by the chess genius at the Landsbanki in Reykjavik.
Fischer also purchased real estate properties in Iceland where he became a citizen after his release from a Japanese airport prison in 2005.
In a decision issued by the Supreme Court of Iceland in December last year, Watai’s marriage to Fischer was invalidated because of the failure of the Japanese to present the original of their alleged marriage certificate.
On April 16, Judge Gudmundsdottir will resolve the request of Jinky for the disinterment of her father’s remains in a cemetery in Selfoss town, south Iceland.
Estimo had predicted before that this saga would reach this far – for Bobby Fischer to rise again and provide the solution to this puzzle on his estate.