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Fischer has no offspring

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DNA tests on the body of chess legend Bobby Fischer show he is not the father of a nine-year-old Filipino girl at the centre of a row over his estate, a lawyer for a rival claimant said Tuesday.
US-born Fischer died in Iceland in January 2008 aged 64 and his remains were exhumed in July this year to establish if Jinky Young from the Philippines is his daughter, as the girl's mother claims.
But test results submitted to a tribunal in Reykjavik on Tuesday "show Mr. Fischer can't be the dad of this young lady," said Arni Vilhjalmsson, the lawyer for Japanese woman Myoko Watai, who claims to be Fischer's wife.
"It means that she's out," Vilhjalmsson told AFP.
Fischer's estate is estimated to be worth about two million dollars (1.6 million euros) and Iceland's Supreme Court in May authorised the disinterment of his body to resolve the paternity dispute.
In addition to Young -- who was born in 2001 while Fischer was living in the Philippines -- and Watai, the estate is also claimed by Fischer's sisters' two American sons and by the US government, to whom he owed unpaid taxes.
Watai said she married Fischer after he was arrested at Tokyo's Narita airport in 2004 for travelling on a passport which Washington said had been revoked.
Fischer, who made world headlines when he defeated Soviet world champion Boris Spassky in their Cold War showdown in Reykjavik in 1972, then took Icelandic citizenship in 2005 to avoid being deported to the United States.
He was wanted for breaking international sanctions by playing a chess match in Yugoslavia in 1992.
Considered by some as the greatest chess player of all time, Fischer's genius was a troubled one that saw his life run steadily downhill since his moment of glory at age 29.
He was known for his theatrics, his extravagant demands and, despite having a Jewish mother, anti-Semitic remarks.
His anti-US rhetoric became equally inflammatory over the years, and he landed back in the media spotlight on September 11, 2001 when he rang up a Filipino radio station to hail the "wonderful news" of the terrorist attacks on the United States.

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