Check: Bobby Fischer Exhumed for Paternity Test

Chess champ may have fathered Filipino girl

By Greg Wilson
|  Monday, Jul 5, 2010  |  Updated 11:22 AM CDT
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The body of chess legend Bobby Fischer was dug up by authorities in Iceland to determine whether he fathered a 9-year-old Filipino girl.

Fischer, who died in Iceland in January 2008 at 64, left no will and his estate has been the subject of legal battling. 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, according to The Associated Press.

Fischer won the chess World Championship in 1972, besting Spassky of the Soviet Union in a match held in Reykjavík, Iceland. In 1975, Fischer refused to defend his title and later became a recluse. But he came back in 1992, and won a rematch against Spassky in  Yugoslavia, which was then under a United Nations embargo. Violating that embargo forced Fischer into exile, and he lived in Hungary, Germany, the Philippines, and Japan.

In 2005, he moved to Iceland, where he lived until his death. Fischer, who became a grandmaster at 15, is widely regarded as the most dominant chess player in modern history.

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