The family immigrated to the US in 1979. In 1985, he won the first Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions. In 2018, he also won the inaugural John T. Irwin National Tournament of Senior State Champions, repeating that victory in 2020. In the 1990s, Fishbein won tournaments in Stavanger, Norway, and Herning, Denmark and shared first place in several major Opens in the United States, including the World Open and National Open. He was awarded the grandmaster title in 1992.
Although Fishbein has worked in finance since 1993, focusing on investment strategies and trading of mortgage-backed securities since 2005, and is registered with FINRA, he continues to compete in chess tournaments. He played in the U.S. Chess Championship four times in the 2000s (best result: eighth place in 2006). Since 2012, he has regularly appeared in Grand Prix tournaments in the Eastern United States and has finished first or equal first many times.
Fishbein and his wife, Lana, have three children: Ellen, Samuel, and Mitch.
- Fishbein, Alexander (1993), King and Pawn Endings, American Chess Promotions, ISBN 0-939298-39-2
- Fishbein, Alexander (1996), Fischer!, R & D Publishing, ISBN 1-883358-11-6
- Fishbein, Alexander (2017), The Scotch Gambit, Russell Enterprises, ISBN 978-1-941270-74-5
Notable chess games
- Alexey Shirov vs Alexander Fishbein, Kerteminde 1991, King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation, Modern System (E97), 0-1
- Alexander Fishbein vs Yury Shulman, US Championship 2006. French Defense, Tarrasch Variation (C09). 1-0