Iceland Exhumes Bobby Fischer in Paternity Claim

DNA will settle woman's claim he fathered 9-year-old Jinky Young
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 5, 2010 10:45 AM CDT
In this Dec. 22, 1965 file photo, Bobby Fischer attends the start of the US Chess Championship tournament in New York.   (AP Photo/JK, file)
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(Newser) – Authorities in Iceland have exhumed the body of American chess champion Bobby Fischer to determine whether he is the father of a 9-year-old girl from the Philippines. A police commissioner said Fischer's corpse was dug up "in a professional and dignified way and according to law. The privacy of the deceased was protected at all times." He said Fischer was reburied after DNA samples were taken.

Fischer died in Iceland in January 2008 aged 64. He left no will, and legal wrangling continues over his estate. Last month Iceland's supreme court ruled Fischer should be exhumed so DNA testing could determine whether he was the father of Jinky Young, whose mother Marilyn says she had a relationship with Fischer. Fischer lived in Iceland from 2005 until his death and is buried about 30 miles east of Reykjavik.

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