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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

World Chess Federation President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, left, presents new world chess champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway with a laurel wreath at the award presentation ceremony of the FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai, India, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Carlsen won the match in Chennai Friday beating Indian title holder Viswanathan Anand. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K.)

SANDS: Magnus Carlsen's future bright as the new king of chess

What next for Magnus the Magnificent? The victory of the young, dynamic Norwegian GM Magnus Carlsen in dethroning world champion Viswanathan Anand in their title match last week has sent an electric thrill through fans of the game worldwide. Published November 26, 2013

** FILE ** Norway's Magnus Carlsen interacts with the media after a match against reigning world chess champion Viswanathan Anand of India during the chess world championship match in Chennai, India, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Carlson, 22, is the top Western player since Bobby Fischer in a game that has traditionally been dominated by Russians, and chess enthusiasts hope his mass-market appeal can win over new fans and help boost interest worldwide. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K )

Magnus Carlsen on verge of world chess title with quick win over champion

Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen is on the brink of becoming his country's first world chess champion following a stunning 28-move victory over Indian champion Viswanthan Anand Thursday in the ninth game of their scheduled 12-round match in Chennai, India. Published November 21, 2013

SANDS: Carlsen close to chess title as Anand cracks under endgame pressure

The outcome of the world championship match now just past the halfway point in Chennai, India, may have been sealed in Saturday's Game 6 in what rates as a truly multicultural moment: a Norwegian defeating an Indian in a Spanish Game through the use of the Chinese water torture. Published November 19, 2013

Reigning world chess champion India's Viswanathan Anand, right, takes a drink during the Chess World Championship match against Norway's Magnus Carlsen in Chennai, India, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K )

Game 8 a draw: Magnus Carlsen moves closer to world chess title

World champion Viswanathan Anand of India and challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway played to a quiet 33-move draw in their match now underway in Chennai, India, bringing Mr. Carlsen closer to the world title as the match enters its final stages. Published November 19, 2013

Norway's Magnus Carlsen, left, plays against reigning world chess champion India’s Viswanathan Anand during the Chess World Championship match in Chennai, India, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The 43- year old Anand  has the advantage of playing at home in India, where he is treated as a super star. The 22-year-old Carlsen is the top Western player since Bobby Fischer in a game that has traditionally been dominated by Russians, and chess enthusiasts hope his mass-market appeal can win over new fans and help boost interest worldwide. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K )

Carlsen one step closer to world chess title with Game 7 draw

Challenger Magnus Carlsen moved one step closer to becoming Norway's first world chess champion with an easy draw with the Black pieces in Game 7 of his scheduled 12-round title match against Indian world champion Viswanathan Anand in Chennai, India, on Monday. Published November 18, 2013

In this Oct. 24, 2013, photo Robert Malsom checks corn in one of his fields near Roscoe, S.D. Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he's not about to apologize for ripping up prairieland to plant corn. (AP Photo/Doug Dreyer)

In a first, EPA cuts ethanol standard

In a move likely to anger corn farmers and their congressional representatives, the Obama administration Friday proposed the first-ever cut in the amount of corn-based ethanol and other biofuels that must be mixed into the nation's gasoline, with the Environmental Protection Agency concluding that the mandate set by Congress just six years ago is proving difficult and perhaps impossible for gas producers to meet. Published November 15, 2013

Defending champion India's Viswanathan Anand, left, listens to Norway's Magnus Carlsen during a press conference on the sidelines of the World Chess Championship in Chennai, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The first game between the two ended in a draw. (AP Photo)

Challenger Carlsen breaks through with first win in chess title match

Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen has drawn first blood in the world chess championship match now underway in Chennai, India, defeating world champion Viswanathan Anand of India Friday in the fifth game of their scheduled 12-round match. The previous four games had all ended in draws. Published November 15, 2013

** FILE ** Defending champion India's Viswanathan Anand, left, makes a move against Norway's Magnus Carlsen during the first game of the World Chess Championship in Chennai, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The game ended in a draw. (AP Photo)

Viswanathan Anand barely holds on for draw in chess championship Game 4

Challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway came close to a breakthrough in the world chess championship match now underway in Chennai, India, pressing world champion Viswanathan Anand before conceding a draw in the fourth game of the scheduled 12-round title match Tuesday. Published November 13, 2013

Defending champion India's Viswanathan Anand, left, listens to Norway's Magnus Carlsen during a press conference on the sidelines of the World Chess Championship in Chennai, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The first game between the two ended in a draw. (AP Photo)

Chess title match tied with draw in Game 3

World champion Viswanathan Anand held the advantage but was not able to score the full point as Game 3 of his title defense against Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen ended in a draw Tuesday in Chennai, India. Published November 12, 2013

SANDS: Missed chances as Anand, Carlsen start world chess title match in Chennai, India

Like boxers cautiously feeling out their opponents in the early rounds, world champion Viswanathan Anand of India and Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen produced short, tentative draws in the first two games of their scheduled 12-round title match now underway in Chennai, India. But even though no hard punches were landed, the first two games did provide quite a bit of insight for the rounds ahead. Published November 12, 2013

SANDS: Anand-Carlsen chess title match kicks off Saturday in Chennai, India

He has held the world championship for six years, beating off challenges from GMs Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov and, just two years ago, Boris Gelfand. He has far more match experience and will have the considerable advantage of defending his crown for the fourth time in his hometown of Chennai, India, before a rabid fan base that will be strongly pulling for him. Published November 5, 2013

SANDS: Glorious imperfection of a titanic prize fight in chess

The cover of my paperback copy of R.N. Coles' "Epic Battles of the Chessboard" has come off and the contents are showing their age as well: The latest game, Matanovich-Rossolimo, dates back to 1951 and the chess moves are in the old English descriptive notation. Published October 15, 2013

SANDS: Low-key chess GM Boris Gelfand enjoying a high-achieving year

Continuing a remarkable late-career surge, Belarus-born Israeli GM Boris Gelfand finished in a tie for first with young Italian GM Fabiano Caruana last week at the sixth and final FIDE Grand Prix tournament held in Paris. The two scored 7-4 in the all-grandmaster field, with Caruana taking home the trophy on the strength of having the better tiebreaks. Published October 8, 2013

SANDS: Carlsen dominates in last tuneup for world title fight in chess

Making an impressive statement in his last major tournament before November's world championship match, Norwegian GM Magnus Carlsen used a tough last-round win over Armenia's Levon Aronian to capture sole first place in the Sinquefield Cup tournament in St. Louis, one of the strongest events held on American soil in decades. Published September 17, 2013