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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

Iranian worshippers chant slogan "death to America" during their Friday prayer ceremony at the Tehran University campus in Tehran, Friday, April 7, 2017. A senior cleric called missile attacks by the U.S on a Syrian air base "crimes" and accused America of providing chemical weapons to rebels. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran sees 'cover-up,' 'bogus allegations' in U.S. missile strike against ally Syria

Despite Iran's own history as the victim of a mass chemical gas attack by Saddam Hussein in the 1980s, top officials in Tehran on Friday condemned President Trump's punitive missile strike against Syria over its suspected use of chemical weapons against the regime's enemies, accusing Washington of hypocrisy and deception. Published April 7, 2017

This frame grab from video provided on Tuesday April 4, 2017, by Qasioun News Agency, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows a Syrian man carrying a man on his back who has suffered from a suspected chemical attack, in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, Syria. The suspected chemical attack killed dozens of people on Tuesday, Syrian opposition activists said, describing the attack as among the worst in the country's six-year civil war. (Qasioun News Agency, via AP)

Iran condemns chemical attack but won't blame Syrian ally Assad

In its first official comment on the suspected chemical attack on rebel-held territory in Syria Tuesday that killed more than 100 people, Iran strongly condemned the strike but refused to blame its ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad. Published April 5, 2017

Krush-Yu after 41...h7-h5.

Red-hot Wesley So sets the pace in early rounds of U.S. chess title race

So young. So talented. So successful. That pretty much sums up the recent record of the 23-year-old Filipino-born U.S. GM Wesley So, who has been perhaps the world's most successful tournament player of the past year. He's looking to extend that run -- and an unbeaten streak that has now reached nearly 60 games -- at the 2017 U.S. championship tournament at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. Published April 4, 2017

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