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Digging for Bobby Fischer: Iceland Court Orders Chess Great's Exhumation

Say what you will about Deep Blue, but at least after its "death" in the late '90s, nobody claimed it had fathered an illegitimate child named Jinky. That is exactly the claim that has led a court in Iceland to order Bobby Fischer's body exhumed as part of a dispute over his estate that has been raging since he died in 2008.

Marilyn Young, Jinky's mother, claims that Fischer is the girl's father, and apparently provided the court with some evidence to that effect (which she also conveniently sent to Chessbase News). Here is a photo of the three, looking pretty tight, from 2004:

And here is one of several postcards Fischer allegedly sent to Jinky:


The point, of course, is not that one of the most brilliant minds in American history doesn't know how to spell the word "helicopter," but that he signed the card "From Daddy." Should be interesting to see what the DNA testing turns up.

Politics Daily's post on the exhumation order has a link to a thorough 2002 Atlantic profile of Fischer, by all accounts a few sandwiches short of a picnic basket in his waning years.

Posted by Eric Lipman on June 17, 2010 at 01:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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