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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

Wei-Gujrathi after 24. Rab1.

A running chess rivalry between rising powers

In the 16th century it was Spain vs. Italy. By the mid-19th century it was France vs. England. In the middle of the 20th it was the Soviets vs. the rest of the world. Published April 5, 2016

Energomash company employees stand near RD-180 engines prepared for shipment to the United States in a shop at the Energomash, leading Russian rocket engine company, in Moscow on June 6, 2002. Energomash and U.S. company Pratt & Whitney have created a joint venture to build and test the RD-180 engine. The engine has successfully flown twice as the first stage engine of Lockheed Martin's Atlas 3 rocket. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Russian firm vows to fight to keep U.S. rocket monopoly

Even as the U.S. military pushes to end the country's reliance of Russian-built rocket engines to get its satellites into space, the Moscow-based manufacturer says it is still hopeful to hold onto its American clients. Published March 3, 2016

Lean - Graf-Stevenson after 15. b2-b4.

Magnus Carlsen, world chess champion, to defend his title in New York City match

The chess world championship will be coming back to the United States for the first time in more than two decades. Officials of the international chess federation FIDE announced Tuesday that Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen will defend his title in a 12-game match to be played in New York City from Nov. 11 to Nov. 30. Published March 2, 2016

Alexander Lukashenko, the 61-year-old president of Belarus who has been in power since 1994, won a fifth term. (Associated Press)

EU warms to Belarus despite its 'dismal' human rights record

European Union foreign ministers this week quietly ended a range of sanctions targeting the regime of longtime Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and some of the former Soviet republic's largest state-owned firms, despite protests from human rights groups both in Belarus and the West. Published February 17, 2016

President Obama stars as poster child for Russian anti-smoking ads.

Obama stars as poster child for Russian anti-smoking ads

An image of President Obama enjoying a last long drag on a cigarette is being used in a new campaign in Moscow to encourage Russians to give up smoking. The message: Both tobacco and the American president can kill you. Published February 16, 2016

A chess wrap-up of action from A(nand) to Z(hao)

With some of the world's top male and female players in action this week, we have the chess world covered this week from A (Anand-Aronian) to Z (Zhao-Zhukova). Published February 16, 2016