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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

Leenhouts-Godart after 21...Qd7.

SANDS: Ahead of 2014 chess title match, 2016 hopefuls battle it out

With world champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Viswanathan Anand prepping furiously for their title match in Sochi, Russia, starting a week from Friday, some of their top peers are already battling for a chance to play in the next title match two years from now. Published October 28, 2014

Solozhenkina-Yu after 19...Bc6.

SANDS: Ashburn's Yu brings home gold in chess World Youth Championships

The DMV has a new world chess champion. Ashburn, Virginia, middle-schooler Jennifer Yu, fresh off a fine performance at last month's Virginia Closed Championship, is the new world girls' under-12 champion, bringing home the gold medal at the World Youth Championships in Durban, South Africa. Published October 7, 2014

Mannheimer-Nimzovich after 37. Rh3

SANDS: In a digital age, chess writers still go by the book

There are software programs that can beat the strongest grandmaster in history. Videos of top grandmasters explaining the secrets of their favorite openings are big sellers. The lowliest club player can purchase databases with millions of searchable games dating back to when Ruy Lopez was still in the seminary. Published October 1, 2014

SANDS: Surging Anand could pose problem in chess title rematch

Don't write off the ex-champ so fast. GM Viswanathan Anand is a distinct underdog as he tries to reclaim the world title he lost last year to Norwegian star Magnus Carlsen, with the rematch set for November in Sochi, Russia. Published September 23, 2014

Caruana-Topalov after 23...Nc6.

SANDS: Caruana's Sinquefield chess win ranks as one for the ages

It ranked a tournament performance for the ages, and that was with three rounds still to go. Italian-American GM Fabiano Caruana opened with seven straight wins to blow away the field at the Sinquefield Cup tournament that wrapped up last week in St. Louis. Published September 9, 2014

Azarov-Xiong after 20...Bg7.

SANDS: Azarov wins International; China claims Olympiad gold

He came up just short in July's D.C. International in Arlington, but GM Sergei Azarov was not to be denied in this month's third annual Washington International tournament, held across the Potomac in Rockville. The Belarusian star finished alone in first with an undefeated 7-2 score, a full point ahead of a sextet of pursuers: GMs Yaroslav Zherebukh and Ioan Chrila, and IMs Akshat Chandra, Samuel Sevian, Levan Bregadze and Justin Sarkar. Published August 19, 2014

SANDS: Alexander Shabalov again savors Open chess tourney success

Twenty-one years after his first Open title, GM Alexander Shabalov was back in the winner's circle earlier this month, sharing the honors with five other players at the 115th U.S. Open tournament in Orlando, Florida. Inferior tiebreakers kept the Latvian-born Mr. Shabalov from contending for the trophy, won by GM Conrad Holt in a blitz playoff over IM Michael Mulyar, but the result extends a remarkable career in which Mr. Shabalov has won or shared five Open titles to go along with four Closed national championships. Published August 12, 2014

SANDS: American chess teams stumble as Olympiad kicks off

After easy wins in the first two rounds, the U.S. team suffered a painful setback in Round 3 of the 41st biennial Olympiad that got underway late last week in the northern Norwegian city of Tromso. Published August 5, 2014

SANDS: Song soars with dramatic Cadet chess victory

It came down to one game for all the marbles in the final round of the U.S. Cadet Championship in Rockville, Maryland, last week, with co-leaders Edward Song of Michigan and Kapil Chandran of Connecticut paired against each other. Published July 29, 2014

SANDS: Cadets battle as D.C. summer chess scene heats up

With the D.C. International and the World Open just behind us, and a slew of events underway and on the way, the Washington area is emerging as one of the nation's premier summer hot spots for top-flight chess. Published July 22, 2014

SANDS: Winners take three paths to the top at the 42nd World Chess Open

There are many paths to world domination. The 42nd World Open, held earlier this month at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, produced a three-way tie at the top, with GMs Ilya Smirin of Israel, Illya Nyzhnyk of Ukraine and Conrad Holt sharing the honors in the Open section with 7-2 scores. Smirin would claim the official title after a playoff. Published July 15, 2014