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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

In this photo taken from video released by Russian Presidential Press Office on Sunday, March 19, 2023, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin at a newly built neighborhood during their visit to Mariupol in Russian-controlled Donetsk region, Ukraine. Putin has traveled to Crimea to mark the ninth anniversary of the Black Sea peninsula's annexation from Ukraine. (Russian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Putin stirs Ukrainian fury with his first foray to front lines

Russian President Vladimir Putin late Saturday evening made his first visit to a Ukrainian city captured in Russia's nearly 13-month-old invasion of its neighbor, in a show of defiance just a day after an international tribunal called for his arrest for war crimes. Published March 19, 2023

Saint Amant-Staunton after 22...fxe3.

Saints be praised: Honoring the pious pawn-pushers

This week, we observe what I've always thought of as the "Week of the Saints": St. Patrick's Day on March 17 and, two days later, St. Joseph's Day -- an actual holiday at my parochial grade school because the nuns who taught us were from the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Published March 14, 2023

Edith Baird, 1893. White to play and mate in three.

Queen power: Celebrating a rich legacy of women in chess

The general public may not always appreciate it, but the history of women's chess began long before the custodian Mr. Shaibel taught young Beth Harmon the moves at that girls' orphanage in "The Queen's Gambit." Published March 7, 2023

United States secretary of state Antony Blinken arrives at the airport for the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, Pool)

Blinken, Wang clash over balloon, Russia support in tense meeting

A much-anticipated meeting between the top diplomats from the U.S. and China over the weekend appeared to do little to clear the tensions over the shooting down of a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon and may have added new strains to the bilateral relationship. Published February 19, 2023

Shashikant-Molenda after 33...Kxf7.

Sensational Serb: Celebrating Gligoric at 100

Yugoslavian/Serbian great Svetozar Gligoric, born 100 years ago on Feb. 2, is the greatest player his chess-mad country ever produced and one of the premier players of the postwar chess generation. But Gligoric had the misfortune to come of age when the Soviet chess juggernaut was at its most formidable. Published February 7, 2023