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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

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

A U.S. Park Police helicopter removes a man in a basket from the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16, 2013. Earlier in the day, the U.S. Navy said it was searching for an active shooter at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, where about 3,000 people work. The exact number of people killed and the conditions of those wounded was not immediately known. (Associated Press)

Hospitals treating victims of D.C. Navy Yard shooting

A spokeswoman for Medstar Washington Hospital Center said the D.C. hospital has already received three people wounded in Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard and "we've been told to expect more." Published September 16, 2013

SANDS: Lenderman bounces back to capture Atlantic Open chess title

Bouncing back from the disappointment of the recent U.S. Open, New York GM Alex Lenderman easily captured the top prize at last week's Atlantic Open, finishing alone in first at 4½-½ at the District's traditional end-of-summer tournament. Published September 3, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. John McCain (left), Arizona Republican, accompanied by Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, speaks with reporters outside the White House in Washington on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, following a closed-door meeting with President Obama to discuss the situation in Syria.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

McCain: Rejection of Syria war resolution would be 'catastrophic'

Emerging from a private briefing with President Obama at the White House on Monday, Sen. John McCain warned it would be "catastrophic" if Congress rejected a resolution authorizing Mr. Obama to take military action against Syria over its suspected use of chemical weapons. Published September 2, 2013

SANDS: In FIDE World Cup format, the chess knockout proves a crapshoot

Picking the winner in the knockout-format FIDE World Cup is like trying to handicap a demolition derby — the traffic patterns are so chaotic and the collisions so random that almost anyone can emerge with the last functioning engine. In the format featuring two games at classical time controls and a rapid and blitz playoff, even the best players can be tripped up. Published August 27, 2013

SANDS: Sparkling new chess game collection offers a trip to 'Planet Chukky'

He may be the most talented — and star-crossed — player of his generation. His admiring peers routinely say that mercurial Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk possesses as much natural skill and chess intelligence as anyone who ever played the game. The sole resident of "Planet Chukky" (players joke he lives in his own world) presents a combination of imagination, technique and out-of-the-box ideas that few can match. Published August 13, 2013

SANDS: Negi and Gang of 10 capture big local chess events

The Northern Virginia suburbs have been the focus of the U.S. chess world for the past two weeks, hosting two high-profile events back-to-back in Crystal City, including the first-ever World Open in the event's four-decade history not held in New York or Philadelphia. Published July 9, 2013