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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

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

Erenburg-Yip after 22. g4.

Aleksandr Lenderman outlasts Alex Shabalov for third Eastern chess crown

It was a familiar pair of front-runners entering the home stretch, with past winners GM Aleksandr Lenderman and GM Alex Shabalov pulling away from the field at last week's 42nd annual Eastern Open. In the end, Lenderman collected his third sole first in the event (he was Eastern champ in 2009 and 2010) by drawing his main rival and winning the rest of his games for a 61/2-1/2 winning score. Published January 3, 2017

Pensioners march during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. About 5,000 Greek pensioners marched peacefully through central Athens Thursday to protest years of cuts to their pensions under the country's bailout commitments. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Greek minister sees progress despite latest debt drama

It was a chain of events which neatly captured the grinding economic crisis that plagues Greece: Just as a light appeared at the end of the tunnel, the train broke down once again. Published December 16, 2016

"I don't know, frankly, what Donald Trump wants to do [about Iran], but I do know the people he has selected so far for major positions I've been very pleased to see," said Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican. (Associated Press)

Emboldened Iran hawks eager to press Tehran on nuclear violations under Donald Trump

Hawks critical of the Obama administration's outreach to Iran over the past eight years were in a distinctly upbeat mood as they took over an ornate Senate caucus room Thursday to promote their cause. The incoming Trump administration, many said, understands their case and the threat posed by the regime in Tehran far better than President Obama ever did. Published December 8, 2016

Sergey Karjakin, of Russia, reaches in to take a white piece from his opponent, Magnus Carlsen, of Norway, in Game 12 of the World Chess Championship, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Carlsen, Karjakin head to playoff as chess title match ends in 6-6 tie

Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen and Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin will take their chances in a one-day playoff for all the marbles after Monday's 12th and final game of their championship match left the two players knotted at six points apiece. Published November 28, 2016

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Cuban President Fidel Castro talk before signing agreements in Havana, Cuba. Castro, who led an improbable rebel victory, embraced Soviet-style communism long after the collapse of the Soviet Union and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents, died at age 90, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Longtime Cuban dictator Fidel Castro dead at 90

Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who dominated his island-nation for nearly a half-century and defied U.S. presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Barack Obama, died late Friday evening in Havana at the age of 90. Published November 26, 2016

Magnus Carlsen, left, and Sergey Karjakin face off during round 8 of the World Chess Championship, in New York, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Carlsen evens chess championship with grueling endgame win over Karjakin

With time running out, champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway finally broke through the defenses of Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin to win Game 10 Thanksgiving Thursday in New York, tying their scheduled 12-game match at 5-5 with just two games to go. It was the champion's first win of the match and a strong rebound from a painful loss in Game 8. Published November 24, 2016