Chess icon's body exhumed

2010-07-05 16:41

Reykjavik - Media reports in Iceland say authorities 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.

Broadcaster RUV and other media say Fischer's corpse was dug up from a cemetery near Selfoss in southern Iceland on Sunday in the presence of a doctor, a priest and the local sheriff.

Sheriff Olafur Helgi Kjartansson said Monday that 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.