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Bobby Fischer's Body Exhumed For Paternity Test

Bobby Fischer, who is perhaps considered the greatest chess player of all time, has been lifted from his grave so that DNA samples can be taken for a paternity test. The chess legend died two years ago from degenerative renal failure and was buried in Iceland.

Yet an interesting case has come up where courts have found it necessary to take DNA samples from the chess champion so that paternity can be established. When Bobby Fischer died, he left no will and it was believed that he had no heirs. However, the New York Times reports that a woman is now claiming that Bobby Fischer had a child with her and that her 9-year-old daughter Jinky Young is his daughter. If this is true, the child could be the sole heir and entitled to his estate, which is estimated to be worth $2 million.

Jinky Young's mother filed a paternity claim in Iceland last year. The exhumation of Bobby Fischer's body was ordered by the Icelandic Supreme Court last month to determine if Fischer is really the father of the girl through DNA sampling.

FindLaw states that DNA paternity testing is the most accurate form of paternity testing possible. If the DNA patterns between the mother, child, and the alleged father match on every DNA probe, the likelihood of paternity is 99.9 percent. Modern paternity tests can also exclude a man who is not the biological father. More information about establishing paternity and the various types of paternity tests can be found through our Related Resources pages.

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