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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

"It has been clear from the outset [of his presidency] that President Trump is willing to do what it takes to bring the North Koreans to the negotiating table," said Choo Mi-ae, a leader of South Korea's Democratic Party. (Associated Press/File)

South Korean party leader Choo sees promise in Trump's hawkish stand on North Korea

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: President Trump has broken with his predecessors in making North Korea's nuclear programs a priority from the first day of his administration, improving the prospects for a negotiated solution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula despite the angry rhetoric and provocative moves from both Washington and Pyongyang, the head of South Korea's ruling Democratic Party said in an interview. Published November 21, 2017

Aronian-Giri after 24...Bf6.

With nothing to lose, Levon Aronian wins big in Spanish chess tourney

The two most dangerous opponents in chess are those who are desperate for a win and those who have nothing to lose. Armenian star GM Levon Aronian falls into the latter category right now, which may explain his strong start at the final FIDE Grand Prix event now underway in the Spanish city of Palma de Mallorca. Published November 21, 2017

FILE- In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 file photo, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe inspects the guard of honour during the official opening of the second session of the seventh parliament of Zimbabwe in Harare. Zimbabwe's Parliament erupted in cheers Tuesday Nov. 21, 2017 after the speaker announced the resignation of President Robert Mugabe after 37 years in power. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

Mugabe resigns after 37 years in power in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe agreed to step down Tuesday in the face of crumbling support and a "soft coup" engineered by the military, ending 37 years of autocratic rule in the southern African nation. Published November 21, 2017

White to move and win.

In key chess win, it's thanks for the memories

Been there. Seen that. Queened the pawn. Bobby Fischer famously observed the first essential for a great player is a "good memory," and he wasn't just referring to the ability to recall reams of opening subvariations. Published November 14, 2017

Jeb Bush joins GOP establishment chorus calling on Roy Moore to step down

Former Florida Gov. and failed GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush became the latest prominent establishment Republican to call on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop out of the race over reports that he had a sexual encounter with an underage girl nearly four decades ago. Published November 13, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (Jorge Silva/Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Russian retaliation over RT curbs could hit all foreign media

Russian anger over a U.S. demand that its state-owned RT news network formally register as a foreign agent could lead to a far greater retaliation, hitting both American and other international news outlets reporting in Russia. Published November 13, 2017

Federal Reserve Board member Jerome Powell spoke to reporters in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday after President Trump announced him as his nominee for the next chair of the Federal Reserve. (Associated Press)

Trump's choice of Powell as chairman signals steady policy at Federal Reserve

The disrupter in chief decided to stay very much inside the box with one of his biggest economic appointments as President Trump confirmed Thursday that he was nominating Federal Reserve insider and monetary moderate Jerome Powell as the next chairman of the nation's central bank. Published November 2, 2017

Derakhshani-Fehr after 36...Rf6.

Iran's loss is America's gain in Dorsa Derakhshani's headscarf fight

Chess is a global game, and top players deciding to switch their national federation is not uncommon. At least six of the top-rated players in the U.S., including No. 1 GM Fabiano Caruana (Italy) and No. 2 GM Wesley So (Philippines), once competed under a flag other than the Stars and Stripes. Published October 24, 2017

Early renovation of a warehouse at 3600 New York Ave. into the main headquarters of The Washington Times newspapers.  (Exact date unknown.)

Creating 'America's Newspaper'

Starting a newspaper "is worth doing, and we make our first public appearance with a heady sense that we can do it. Our confidence rests in part on the zest and skills of the staff we have recruited. Just as importantly, it rests on the need we find expressed all over Washington for a new perspective on local, national and world events." Published October 19, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump says world is adjusting to his leadership

President Trump acknowledged Tuesday that some countries were "a little bit nervous" when he took office, but they are now accepting his leadership in foreign affairs. Published October 17, 2017

Lombardy-Quinteros after 21...Rb6.

'Father Bill' Lombardy, Bobby Fischer's great contemporary, dies at 79

He was the greatest chess-playing Catholic priest since Ruy Lopez but only the second-greatest player in his own hometown, but we still honor the legacy of GM William Lombardy, who passed away from a suspected heart attack last week at the age of 79. Published October 17, 2017

Raskin-Kasparov after 29. Nd2.

Garry Kasparov on the Hill to honor U.S. Chess Center

We start with a world exclusive today -- a brand new, unpublished Garry Kasparov game that no other column, website or blogger can offer. I say that with some certainty since I was the only one in the room writing down the moves. Published October 3, 2017

Harkins-Kaufman after 31...Rc8.

Local chess hero: James Harkins, Cleveland's 'Hawk,' dies at the age of 87

Minerva, Kentucky-born Jackson Showalter was the "Kentucky Lion." Bostonians still raise a glass of Sam Adams to the memory of local-boy-made-good Harry Nelson Pillsbury. Chess fans in New Orleans honor the memory of Paul Morphy, the nation's first great player, and Jude Acers, a talented and colorful master still going strong taking on all challengers from his gazebo in the French Quarter at the age of 73. Published September 26, 2017

Meier-Kovalev after 37...Re8.

Angling for a win -- the chess player as fisherman

Google "chess and fishing" and you get, well, not a whole heckuva a lot. Both are nonaerobic activities that entail a lot of waiting around, but athletically inclined grandmasters tend to favor tennis or soccer. "Fish" was a term of derision for weaker players favored by Bobby Fischer and other players of his era. There is something called the "Fishing Pole Trap" in the Ruy Lopez that looks nothing like a fishing pole. Published September 19, 2017