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District Commissioner: Fischer Shown Respect at Exhumation

A biological sample was retrieved from the earthly remains of late chess master Robert J. Fischer during an exhumation at the Laugardealakirkjugardur cemetery near Selfoss in Iceland, where Fischer was buried in 2008, early yesterday morning. The district commissioner in charge said Fischer’s body was treated with respect.

Laugardaelakirkjugardur in winter 2008. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The exhumation was conducted to fulfill a ruling made in June by the Supreme Court of Iceland. The biological sample will be used to determine whether Fischer was the father of Jinky Young, a Filipino girl whose mother Marilyn is making a claim to the late chess master’s estate, Morgunbladid reports.

In addition to Ólafur Helgi Kjartansson, district commissioner at Selfoss, Rev. Kristinn Ágúst Fridfinnsson, the parish’s minister, attended the exhumation, along with a few other people whose presence was deemed necessary.

Kjartansson said they had made an effort to treat the deceased and his grave respectfully. “It was done as carefully as we possibly could. He was never removed from the grave.”

Fischer’s body was reburied immediately afterwards and yesterday morning the grave looked as if it had never been touched.

The event raised considerable media attention. International media such as the newspaper the New York Times and the news agency Reuters reported on it.

It is estimated that Fischer’s estate is worth up to USD 2 million (ISK 250 million, EUR 1.6 million). In addition to Young, two of Fischer’s relatives are also making a claim to the estate.

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