Authorities in Iceland exhumed the body of former chess champion Bobby Fischer yesterday in order to take DNA samples to determine whether he was the father of a 9-year-old girl from the Philippines.
Fischer, who died in January 2008 at the age of 64, had been living in Iceland since 2005. He renounced his US citizenship to avoid extradition following an arrest in Japan in 2004 for breaking international sanctions against the former Yugoslavia by playing a match there eight years earlier.
Fischer rose to world fame when he defeated Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union for the world chess championship in 1972. The match took place in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Fischer became an American hero. However, he refused to defend his championship against Anatoly Karpov three years later and dropped out of competition, and for the most part out of the public eye. He eventually became anti-American and spent time living in Hungary and the Philippines before being granted Icelandic citizenship.
Fischer’s body was immediately reburied after his samples were extracted in front of a doctor, several officials and a priest. He had left no will when he died and legal fights over his estate have been ongoing.
Jinky Young, Fischer’s alleged daughter had asked the Supreme Court in Iceland to exhume his remains last month and the request was approved. She flew there to provide her own DNA samples for comparison in December. Her mother, Marilyn, claims to have had a relationship with Fischer.
Those here in Connecticut who aspire to become chess champions themselves or who just love to play can contact any other following chess clubs for more information:
· Bristol Chess Club – Contact Cliff Rand – (860-585-8918)
· Branford Chess Club – Contact John Koch – (203-483-0820)
· Huntington Chess Club
· Borders Chess Club – Contact Rich Chang – (860-432-4557)
· Margaret Egan Recreation Center Chess – Contact John Mac Fadyen – [email protected]
· New Britain Chess Club
· New Haven Free Public Library Chess Club
· East Lyme Chess Club
· Norwalk Chess Club – Contact Bob Musicant – [email protected]
· Orange Chess Club – Contact Jim Celone – [email protected]
· Southbury Chess Club – Contact Joe Hricko – [email protected]
· UConn. Chess Club – Contact Tom Hartmayer – [email protected]
· Wallingford Chess Club – Contact John Diana – [email protected]
· Willimantic Chess Club – Contact Max Garcia – [email protected]
· Woodbridge Library Chess Group – Contact Library – (203-389-3433)