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David R. Sands

David R. Sands

Raised in Northern Virginia, David R. Sands received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He worked as a reporter for several Washington-area business publications before joining The Washington Times.

At The Times, Mr. Sands has covered numerous beats, including international trade, banking, politics and Capitol Hill, and spent eight years on the foreign desk as senior diplomatic correspondent. He is currently the deputy editor for politics. In addition, he has reviewed books and written feature stories for the newspaper and authored The Times' weekly chess column since 1993. He is also senior writer for Washington GolfStyles, a monthly publication covering the Mid-Atlantic golf scene.

 

Articles by David R. Sands

Gupta-Wei after 47. Rd3.

Blondes beat brunettes, China bests India in chess rivalries

Insert brunette joke here. It may not settle the argument, but consider it an interesting data point: A team of blondes defeated a team of brunettes in a blitz match last week in Moscow to mark International Women's Day. Published March 15, 2017

Brains at the board: Blondes defeat brunettes in chess grudge match

Insert brunette joke here. It may not settle the argument, but consider it an interesting data point: A team of blondes defeated a team of brunettes in a "friendly" team chess match last week in Moscow to mark International Women's Day. Published March 13, 2017

This photo taken Feb. 24, 2017, shows students practicing chess after school at the Franklin Chess Center in Meadville, Miss.  (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

China's Tan Zhongyi wins women's world chess title in Tehran

Continuing a long string of dominance by China's women, WGM Tan Zhongyi defeated Ukrainian GM Anna Muzychuk in the final match to claim the FIDE women's world chess championship knockout tournament in Tehran Friday. The upset win makes Tan the fifth Chinese woman to hold the women's title since GM Xie Jun ended a long period of Russian and Georgian dominance by taking the title in 1991. Published March 3, 2017

Kosteniuk-Muzychuk after 56. Ne5.

High drama leads to comedy of errors in women's chess title hunt

For chess fans, there is a constant tug-of-war between art and combat. There is real beauty in the flawless conceived plan, the brilliant attack, the airtight winning combination. Then again, a "perfectly played game" by both contestants would produce an unending string of draws. Published February 28, 2017

Former Sen. Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton arrive on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, for the inauguration ceremony of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. (Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP)

Among the Trump faithful, Hillary gets a pass -- sort of

Their hero's motorcade was just pulling up to the other side of the Capitol, but there was a clear surge of anticipation and electricity among Donald Trump's supporters when rival Hillary Clinton first appeared on the giant television screens. Published January 20, 2017