Remains of chess champion Bobby Fischer exhumed

  • 5 July 2010
  • From the section Europe
Bobby Fischer, file pic
Image caption Bobby Fischer died in Iceland at the age of 64

The remains of US-born chess champion Bobby Fischer have been exhumed in Iceland to establish a paternity claim.

Lawyers for nine-year old Jinky Young and her mother, Marilyn, who had a relationship with Fischer, claim she is entitled to Fischer's fortune.

The Supreme Court in Reykjavik ruled last month a tissue sample was needed to prove she was Fischer's daughter.

Fischer, who died in 2008 leaving an estate worth an estimated $2m (£1.4m), took Icelandic citizenship in 2005.

His former wife and other relatives have also pursued inheritance claims.

"The procedure was conducted in a highly professional and dignified manner," Olafur Helgi Kjartansson, the sheriff in the southern Icelandic town of Selfoss, said.

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