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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

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, congratulates newly elected party chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer after the election at the party convention of the Christian Democratic Democratic Union CDU in Hamburg, northern Germany, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (Christian Charisius/dpa via AP)

Ally wins fight to head Merkel's party in Germany

A key ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has won the hotly contested battle to head the center-right Christian Democratic Union, narrowly defeating a rival who pledged to take the party in a more pronounced conservative direction. Published December 7, 2018

Caruana-Carlsen, Rapid Game 2, after 20...Qf5.

Drawn-out duel, rapid downfall doomed Caruana in chess title fight

He fought the champ to a draw -- literally and figuratively -- in their grueling 12-round, three-week title match, but American challenger Fabiano Caruana -- literally and figuratively -- saw his chances rapidly fall apart in extra time in his bid to dethrone Norwegian champion Magnus Carlsen. Published December 4, 2018

Reigning chess world champion, Norway's Magnus Carlsen, left, and Italian-American Fabiano Caruana concentrate at the final day of the World chess Championship in London, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Carlsen holds off U.S. challenger Caruana to retain world chess crown

Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen has retained his crown, decisively defeating St. Louis Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana in a rapid playoff Wednesday in London after their 12-game title match this month failed to produce a decisive result. Published November 28, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gestures while speaking during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Mike Pompeo warns Senate that Yemen vote could harm U.S. security, boost Iran

A congressional push to limit U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen would do "immense damage" to U.S. interests in the region, leave Iran in a stronger position, and do nothing to alleviate the humanitarian crisis generated by the war, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is warning lawmakers Wednesday. Published November 28, 2018

Caruana-Carlsen, Game 12, final position.

Carlsen, Caruana face playoff after a dozen draws in world chess title fight

In a baffling end to a less-than-stellar match, world champion Magnus Carlsen offered a draw in a superior position to American challenger Fabiano Caruana on Monday, marking the 12th and final consecutive draw in their title match and setting up a rapid chess playoff for the crown Wednesday in London. Published November 27, 2018

Reigning chess world champion Magnus Carlsen, left, from Norway, plays Italian-American challenger Fabiano Caruana in the first few minutes of round 12 of their World Chess Championship Match in London, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

One more Carlsen-Caruana draw sends tied chess title match to rapid playoff

In a baffling end to a less-than-stellar match, world champion Magnus Carlsen offered a draw in a clearly superior position to American challenger Fabiano Caruana Monday, marking the 12th and final consecutive draw in their title match and setting up a rapid chess playoff for the crown Wednesday. Published November 26, 2018

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, welcomes Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt for their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iranian minister mocks Trump, calls Saudi statement 'shameful'

Iran's foreign minister denounced as "shameful" President Trump's statement saying the U.S. will maintain ties with Saudi Arabia despite the international furor over Riyadh's role in the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Published November 20, 2018

Italian-American challenger Fabiano Caruana plays reigning chess world champion Magnus Carlsen, right, from Norway, in round three of their World Chess Championship Match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) ** FILE **

Novel opening produces another draw in Carlsen-Caruana world chess match

Game 5 of the chess world championship match in London between titleholder Magnus Carlsen of Norway and American challenger Fabiano Caruana took a highly offbeat path in the opening, but the result was yet another draw in a 12-game match that has yet to produce a decisive result. Published November 15, 2018

Reigning chess world champion Magnus Carlsen, right, from Norway, plays Italian-American challenger Fabiano Caruana in the first five minutes of round three of their World Chess Championship Match in London, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Their World Chess Championship Match began on Friday in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Third draw in world chess title match as Carlsen presses Caruana again

It's three draws in three games to open the world chess championship title match in London, as world champ Magnus Carlsen of Norway pressed once again with the Black pieces Monday but could not break through against American challenger Fabiano Caruana. Published November 12, 2018

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers the keynote speech at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2018, a parallel summit in the ongoing ASEAN Summit 2018 in Singapore, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Twenty heads of states are gathering in Singapore for the Summit. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Amnesty International strips Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi of award

The human rights groups Amnesty International announced Monday it was rescinding its highest honor given a decade ago to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, citing her role in the government's pressure campaign against hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim residents. Published November 12, 2018

James Carville (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Carville: Democratic wave 'dissipating'

Longtime Democratic strategist James Carville said early results from Tuesday's midterm elections suggest the vaunted blue Democratic wave is not materializing. Published November 6, 2018

Steinitz-Zukertort after 15...Ngh6.

Chess title match offers window on the state of the game

One can always hope, but don't look for nail-biting, scintillating chess when world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and American challenger Fabiano Caruana sit down Nov. 9 for the first game of their 12-game match in London. Published November 6, 2018

Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler is challenging incumbent Democratic Gov. Kate Brown. Ms.  Brown is seekng her first full term. (Associated Press)

Buehler seeks to model Oregon campaign after blue state Republican governors

The vaunted blue wave is doing no favors for perhaps the nation's bluest governor this election cycle, as Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown faces an unexpectedly persistent challenge from Republican state legislator Knute Buehler as she seeks her first full term in office in Tuesday's vote. Published November 1, 2018