Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Body of chess legend Fischer exhumed in Iceland

After months of legal battle over the dispute of Fischer's estate, Iceland finally exhumed the remains of Fischer on Monday to have his DNA tested and resolved once and for all if Jinky Young, the nine year old girl from this country is indeed, a daughter of the late Fischer and has the sole rights to Fischer's inheritance that amounted to $2 million (roughly P90 million) of properties. This is just one of the skirmishes over Fischer's inheritance. Even if proven that Fischer's DNA matches those of Jinky, Jinky has to battle the US government who is also after Fischer's worldly possessions claiming that Fischer owe the US government some amount of unpaid taxes. We just hope that the effort of Marilyn, his lawyer and GM Eugene Torre won't end up to nothing. They've already gone this far.

"I can confirm that Bobby Fischer's body was exhumed this morning," Olafur Helgi Kjartansson, the sheriff in the southern Icelandic town of Selfoss where Fischer had been buried, told AFP.

"The procedure was conducted in a highly professional and dignified manner," he said, adding that "it was a priority with everybody present to show respect to the deceased."

A doctor and a priest were present when the body was exhumed, Kjartansson said, adding that it was the first time as a sheriff that he had been asked to carry out such a task.

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