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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

Chess a tough game for tough times in Venezuela, Syria

Just last month, two countries facing some pretty challenging times -- Syria and Venezuela -- managed not only to hold their national chess title tournaments but to produce some intriguing, dynamic games in the process. Published May 15, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Monday, May 13, 2019. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is at left. (Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP)

Putin's Crimea adventure proves economic loser

Russian President Vladimir Putin's annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 is proving a loser for the Russian economy, costing at least $30 billion annually in lost business, subsidies and a worsening investment climate, a top analyst said Monday. Published May 13, 2019

Shabalov-Speelman after 20. Bd5.

Fifty-plus is the new No. 1 as U.S. captures senior chess team gold

Our oldies are goodies. Justifying their top seeding, the U.S. 50-and-over squad took clear first in last month's World Senior Teams Championship in Rhodes, Greece. The team won eight of nine matches in the 26-team competition, conceding only one drawn match with Iceland. Published May 7, 2019

Chessgate debunked: Mueller finds no collusion in Trump-FIDE 'ties'

Talk about burying the lede -- or at least the footnote. The "mainstream media" may be afraid to report it, but we can reliably pass on here that chess played a major cameo role in special counsel Robert Mueller's magisterial/hopelessly biased report/witch hunt into the Trump-Russiagate scandal/hoax. (Hey, chessplayers watch both Fox and MSNBC.) Published April 23, 2019

Julian Assange gestures as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. Police in London arrested WikiLeaks founder Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy Thursday for failing to surrender to the court in 2012, shortly after the South American nation revoked his asylum .(Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

Assange, Stalin score high in Russian polls

Detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and deceased Soviet dictator Josef Stalin have something in common -- both score well in new Russian opinion polls released Tuesday. Published April 16, 2019

Firefighters spray water onto Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Macron: 'The worst has been avoided' in Notre Dame fire

French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday night that "the worst has been avoided, but the battle has not been fully won," as he briefed the nation on the fire that engulfed the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Published April 15, 2019

Julian Assange gestures as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. Police in London arrested WikiLeaks founder Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy Thursday, April 11, 2019 for failing to surrender to the court in 2012, shortly after the South American nation revoked his asylum .(Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

Ecuador president: Assange won't face death penalty if extradited

Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno on Thursday defended his decision to lift the protections that prevented British police from arresting Julian Assange, but said in a video that he had also received assurances in writing from the U.K. government that the WikiLeaks founder would not be extradited to a country where he might face torture or the death penalty. Published April 11, 2019

Xiong-Nakamura after 31...Kg7-f6.

Veteran Hikaru Nakamura, newcomer Jennifer Yu take top honors at U.S. chess title tourneys

"Yu be Yu" proved a winning formula as WGM Jennifer Yu, of Ashburn, Virginia, scored a sensational 10-1 to claim her first U.S. women's national title. The 17-year-old Yu was so dominant that she clinched the title at the Chess Club of St. Louis with a round to spare last week, besting an exceptionally strong field by 2 1/2 . Published April 2, 2019

Shankland-Xiong after 16. Nc5.

Chess champs take it on the chin in U.S. title fights

It's never easy taking down the champ, as the play in the U.S. open and women's national championships now at the midway point at the Chess Club of St. Louis amply demonstrates. Published March 26, 2019

In this file photo, reigning chess world champion Magnus Carlsen, from Norway, plays Italian-American challenger Fabiano Caruana, left, in the first few minutes of round 12 of their World Chess Championship Match in London, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. In a match played on March 21, 2019, Mr. Carlsen and his opponent Anish Giri agreed to break a longstanding rule of the game by allowing the Black pieces the first move, a symbolic statement speaking out against racism on the U.N.'s International Day for the Elimination of Racism (AP Photo/Matt Dunham). **FILE**

In anti-racist statement, chess champs let Black move first

World chess champion Magnus Carlsen and Dutch rival Anish Giri are marking a U.N. international campaign against racism by playing a game in which -- contrary to the longstanding rules of the game -- the player with the black pieces made the first move. Published March 22, 2019

Ivanchuk-Bok after 32. e5-e6.

Youth is served, elders dissed at St. Louis chess tourney

The late, great D.C. city champion Oscar Shapiro, who was still playing in weekend tournaments into his 90s, once explained his strategy against hotshot players on the rise: "Beat 'em when they're young," he once said. "They only get better." Published March 12, 2019