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    Chess Champions body exhumed over paternity of 9 year old Filipino girl

    Chess champion Bobby Fischer's body exhumed over DNA row

    The body of American chess champion Bobby Fischer has been exhumed in Iceland to determine whether he is the father of a nine-year-old girl from the Philippines.

    Published: 5:04PM BST 05 Jul 2010
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    Bobby Fischer and Marilyn Young with Jinky Photo: CHESSBASE.COM

    Bobby Fischer, pictured in 1971. He died in 2008 in Iceland. Photo: AP

    Vasily Smyslov (right) facing Bobby Fischer at the Yugoslav International Chess Tournament, Belgrade, 1959. Fischer won the match. Photo: AP


    Fischer's corpse was dug up from a cemetery near Selfoss in southern Iceland early Monday in the presence of a doctor, a priest and other officials, according to police district commissioner Olafur Helgi Kjartansson.

    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.
    Jinky, who lives in the Philippines with her mother, flew to Iceland to provide her own blood sample in December.
    Fischer became world famous in 1972 when he defeated Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union for the world chess championship in a tournament, played in Reykjavik, that brimmed with Cold War symbolism.
    Fischer became an American hero, but his later life was dominated by his erratic, eccentric behaviour.
    He lost his world title in 1975 after refusing to defend it against Anatoly Karpov. He dropped out of competitive chess and largely out of view, spending time in Hungary and the Philippines and emerging occasionally to make outspoken and often outrageous comments, sometimes attacking the United States.
    Fischer was arrested in Japan in 2004 and threatened with extradition to the US to face charges of breaking international sanctions against the former Yugoslavia by playing a chess match there in 1992.
    Fischer renounced his US citizenship and spent nine months in custody before chess-loving Iceland granted him citizenship. Fischer lived in Iceland from 2005 until his death.

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    Great player the best knocked back millions of dollars in sponsorship over the years stood on principle the yank gov hated him because he wouldnt bend too their bulls--t good man liked brown girls what can u say

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    Lucky he was not buried in the US, no way they'd have gotten a visa to the USA...

    Died at 64... 64 squares on a chess board. Genius at chess, but crazy as a bat. His "criticism" of the US government was more often than not just rants filled with bizarre conspiracy theories. He'd have been a huge hit on the internet...

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    As controversial in death as in life. I wonder how he would have measured up against Kasparov ?

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