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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

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. speaks to media at Trump Tower, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York.  President-elect Donald Trump is offering the post of attorney general to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, one of the Trump's closest and most consistent allies.  That's according to a senior Trump official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the conversation.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump AG pick Sessions a buzzkill for marijuana industry

President-elect Donald Trump's choice of conservative Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is proving to be something of a buzzkill to the nation's marijuana entrepreneurs, who fear his record opposing legalized pot could mean an abrupt halt to the industry's recent success under President Obama. Published November 18, 2016

Chess world champion Magnus Carlsen, right, of Norway, makes a move as challenger Sergey Karjakin, of Russia, watches during the fourth round of the World Chess Championship in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Karjakin in miracle escape to keep chess title match with Carlsen tied

Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin cheated death for the second time in a row, holding a deeply inferior endgame to eke out a grueling 92-move draw against world chess champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in Tuesday's Game 4 of their world title match in New York City. Published November 15, 2016

Topalov-Nakamura after 27...fxg5.

Sergey Karjakin holds tough draw against Magnus Carlsen to keep chess match level

His trademark tenacity failed him as Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen was unable to grind down challenger Sergey Karjakin of Russia in a favorable endgame in Monday's third game of their scheduled 12-game $1.1 million title match in New York City. Following two uneventful draws, the 78-move, seven-hour struggle leaves the match tied and could provide a psychological boost to the underdog challenger. Published November 15, 2016

World Chess Championship 2016 logo from the official website.

Norwegian champion settles for draw in World Chess Championship Game 3

His legendary tenacity let him down for once as Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen missed a clear endgame win against Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin, conceding a draw in the third game of their scheduled 12-game title match in New York after 78 moves and seven hours of grueling play Monday. Published November 14, 2016

World Chess Championship 2016 logo from the official website.

First game of world chess title match drawn in NYC

Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin of Russia agreed to a draw after 42 moves in the first game of their 12-game world chess championship match that started Friday in New York City. Published November 12, 2016

Clinton wins! Trump wins! (At least at the chessboard)

Stressed voters are making some momentous choices as this column is being written, but today we offer an oasis of unity in a parched desert of partisanship. For one column at least, both Clinton and Trump (or "Trumpf") can be winners. Published November 8, 2016

Kholmov-Lutikov after 11...Bc8.

Going beyond the chess rules to get the win

This just in from our Other Board Games Bureau: The Japan Shogi Association will soon ban players from bringing any electronic devices with them to matches, and players will have to go through metal detectors before they can enter the playing hall. Starting Dec. 14, leaving the tournament room in midmatch will also be forbidden, and those caught cheating will be permanently expelled from the association, the BBC reported last week. Published October 18, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to members of the media as she boards her campaign plane in White Plains, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, to travel to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Prestige foreign policy journal makes first-ever endorsement -- Clinton

Foreign Policy, the influential journal that is one of the establishment's favored debating grounds on international politics, economics and diplomacy, is the latest media publication to break with tradition and endorse a presidential candidate -- Democrat Hillary Clinton. Published October 9, 2016

Would-be U.K. Indepedence Party head Stephen Woolfe was assaulted at the European Parliament as the pro-Brexit party remains leaderless. (Associated Press)

Upstart U.K. Independence Party at war with itself after Brexit triumph

It's been an abrupt fall -- figuratively and literally -- for the U.K. Independence Party, which this summer saw its dream of a British withdrawal from the European Union come to pass but Thursday saw its would-be next leader laid out cold on the floor after a fistfight with a rival over the party's next act. Published October 6, 2016