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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

Lean - Graf-Stevenson after 15. b2-b4.

Magnus Carlsen, world chess champion, to defend his title in New York City match

The chess world championship will be coming back to the United States for the first time in more than two decades. Officials of the international chess federation FIDE announced Tuesday that Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen will defend his title in a 12-game match to be played in New York City from Nov. 11 to Nov. 30. Published March 2, 2016

Alexander Lukashenko, the 61-year-old president of Belarus who has been in power since 1994, won a fifth term. (Associated Press)

EU warms to Belarus despite its 'dismal' human rights record

European Union foreign ministers this week quietly ended a range of sanctions targeting the regime of longtime Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and some of the former Soviet republic's largest state-owned firms, despite protests from human rights groups both in Belarus and the West. Published February 17, 2016

President Obama stars as poster child for Russian anti-smoking ads.

Obama stars as poster child for Russian anti-smoking ads

An image of President Obama enjoying a last long drag on a cigarette is being used in a new campaign in Moscow to encourage Russians to give up smoking. The message: Both tobacco and the American president can kill you. Published February 16, 2016

A chess wrap-up of action from A(nand) to Z(hao)

With some of the world's top male and female players in action this week, we have the chess world covered this week from A (Anand-Aronian) to Z (Zhao-Zhukova). Published February 16, 2016

After a long siege, the Berlin Wall starts to come down

Norwegian world champ Magnus Carlsen captured his fifth Tata Steel Masters title, winning the year's first strong event at the Dutch seaside town of Wijk aan Zee with an undefeated 9-4 score, a full point clear of American GM Fabiano Caruana and China's Ding Liren. Published February 2, 2016

Iran hard-liners reject middle path, disqualify moderate candidates

For the second time in less than a week, Iran's theocratic leaders have disqualified a slew of moderate candidates from the race for a key governing body, ruling that even the grandson of Iranian revolutionary hero Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was too ideologically suspect to run for office. Published January 26, 2016

Magnus Carlsen takes risks to rise to chess top at Wijk

The champ isn't resting on his laurels. Unlike some of his illustrious predecessors, world titleholder Magnus Carlsen isn't afraid to mix it up with his rivals, maintaining an active tournament schedule -- and risking the occasional embarrassing loss -- since he first won the crown in November 2013. Published January 26, 2016

"The legs of Iran's economy are now free of the chains of sanctions, and it's time to build and grow," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose own political future may hang in the balance if the economic payoff does not come, said in a tweet Sunday. (Associated Press)

Obama opens the door to Iran -- and European and Asian companies rush in to cash in

Literally hours after the ink had dried on the accord lifting international economic sanctions on Iran, big-name companies across Europe and Asia were signing deals, major world leaders were booking trade missions to Tehran, idled oil fields were being ordered back online, and Iran's financial authorities had processed applications for some 1,000 letters of credit from businesses hoping to cut deals in the near future. Published January 18, 2016

In this Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen removes her glasses as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Financial Services Committee hearing: "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy." A rate increase is expected when the Federal Reserve ends its latest meeting Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. It would be the first rate hike in more than nine years. And it would raise the Fed’s benchmark rate from a record low near zero, where it’s been for seven years. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Federal Reserve boosts lending rates for first time under Obama

After one of the longest, most telegraphed windups in monetary policy history, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday delivered a small brushback pitch to the American economy, raising its key lending rate by a quarter of a percentage point for the first time since 2006. Published December 16, 2015

People walk past an exchange office sign showing the currency exchange rates of Russian ruble, U.S. dollar, and euro in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. The ruble continued to decline on Tuesday as oil prices are reaching a seven-year low.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Feeble ruble boosts Russia tourism numbers

The plunging value of the ruble has had one positive effect for the recession-wracked Russian economy -- bargain-hunting international tourists are coming to Russia in numbers not seen since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008. Published December 16, 2015