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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

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, greets North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho as they prepare to pose for a group photograph at the 25th ASEAN Regional Forum Retreat in Singapore, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

More demolition work at key North Korean missile site: Report

North Korea has reportedly taken more steps to dismantle a key launch facility that is being cited as evidence Pyongyang is moving to fulfill commitments made to President Trump at the June 12 summit in Singapore. Published August 7, 2018

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan attends the last day of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Mike Hutchings/Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Turkish party: Seize Trump's hotel to protest sanctions

A leading Turkish opposition party wants to make it personal in the increasingly nasty clash between Ankara and Washington, saying Turkey should retaliate for economic sanctions imposed by the Trump administration by seizing the Trump Towers complex that are one of the most prominent features of the Istanbul skyline. Published August 2, 2018

In this file photo taken on Monday, July 16, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hand with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of the press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Russians warming up to U.S. after Putin-Trump summit, poll finds

It inspired another national round of hand-wringing over malign Russia influence and intentions in the U.S., but the recent Helsinki summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin has actually boosted America's image in Mr. Putin's Russia. Published August 2, 2018

Polugaevsky-Maslov after 24...Rad8.

Memorial chess tournaments are used to honor some of the game's greats

It's one of the more civilized traditions of the game -- the memorial chess tournament that allows us to recall some of the greats we have lost and gives us an excuse to replay some of their greatest hits. Annual events are held to honor such past stars as Tal, Keres, Menchik and Capablanca. Published July 31, 2018

Liang-Bian after 15...0-0.

Ageless appeal: U.S. juniors, seniors shine in chess battles

The generation-spanning appeal of chess was on full display this month, as rising U.S. stars took their noses out of their iPhones long enough to battle for the national junior championships in St. Louis, while a U.S. men's over-50 squad stopped yelling at people to get off their lawns long enough to snag the gold medal at the sixth World Senior Team Championships in Dresden, Germany. Published July 24, 2018

Vittal-Yu after 20. Bf5.

Jennifer Yu breaks through as Virginia's first female chess grandmaster

Ashburn, Virginia, is the cradle of champions. Ashburn's true world beater these days is Jennifer Yu, the 14-year-old junior star who just became the first Virginia woman ever to earn the women's grandmaster title. FIDE, the international chess federation, made it official at its most recent board meeting in Bucharest this month. Published July 17, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, shakes hands with Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, stands at right, at Novo-Ograyovo outside in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Putin has received the Iranian leader's top adviser hours after conferring with the Israeli prime minister about Iran's presence in Syria. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

After Putin meeting, Iranian says Tehran in Syria to stay

A top foreign policy adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei said Friday after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that Iranian forces will remain in Syria despite protests from Israel and the Trump administration. Published July 13, 2018

Croatia fans celebrate their team victory after the semifinal soccer match between Croatia and England during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nikolskaya street near the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Boon or bust?: World Cup winners look for economic boost

As France and Croatia prepare for the final in soccer's monthlong World Cup extravaganza in Moscow, data suggest that this year's champion will get a nice boost in the pocketbook back home as well. Published July 12, 2018

Rossolimo-Dunkelblum after 19...Bd7.

What the Royal Game can teach the Beautiful Game

With soccer's World Cup down to the frenzied matches as this is being written, let us recount all the things the Royal Game and the Beautiful Game have in common. Published July 11, 2018

Birthday boy Benko has left a lasting mark on the game of chess

In the popular imagination, he's perhaps most famous for the tournament in which he didn't play. Pal Benko, the Hungarian-American GM who turns 90 on July 14, willingly gave up his slot in the 1970 Interzonal Tournament to Bobby Fischer, putting Fischer on track to win his epic world title match against Boris Spassky two years later. Published July 3, 2018

Charousek-Skultety after 11...g7-g6.

H.E. Bird displayed a healthy appetite for chess brilliance

'I never beat a healthy man." That wry old observation, attributed to the great British 19th-century master H.E. Bird, came to mind recently on the news that Chinese GM Ding Liren fractured his hip in a bicycle accident and had to withdraw midway through the strong Altibox Norway Chess tournament last month. Published June 26, 2018

Financier George Soros is out of step with what a clear majority of what Hungarians want, says Peter Szijjarto, Hungary's minister of foreign affairs and trade. (Associated Press)

'Stop Soros Bill' puts spotlight on Budapest-born financier

George Soros has become so prominent in the Hungarian domestic political debate that the crackdown on illegal immigration pushed by nationalist prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party in parliament this week is widely being described as the "Stop Soros Bill." Published May 31, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, shakes hands with Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, left, during their meeting at the US State Department in Washington, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

'Natural ally': Hungary leads fight against anti-U.S. 'hysteria' in Europe

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Hungary has no intention of joining the "U.S.-bashing chorus in Europe," in part because Budapest and Washington now are singing from the same page on issues such as immigration, security and the right of sovereign nations to set their own policies, Hungary's foreign minister said in an interview. Published May 31, 2018