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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

A Leopard 2 tank is pictured during a demonstration event held for the media by the German Bundeswehr in Munster near Hannover, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. Germany faces mounting pressure to supply battle tanks to Kyiv and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is airing frustration about not obtaining enough weaponry as Western allies confer on how best to support Ukraine nearly 11 months into Russia’s invasion. Germany’s new defense minister welcomed U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to Berlin, declaring that German weapons systems delivered so far have proven their worth and that aid will continue in the future. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) **FILE**

Germany punts on Leopard 2 tanks for Ukraine

Germany said Friday it needed more time to decide whether to let its coveted Leopard 2 battle tanks be sent to Ukraine, putting off pleas from the government in Kyiv and disappointing U.S. and NATO allies eager to bolster Ukraine's forces against a possible new Russian advance. Published January 20, 2023

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro looks on after speaking from his official residence the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Nov. 1, 2022. Bolsonaro faces swirling legal threats. The Supreme Court is investigating him on suspicion of illegally spreading lies about topics including COVID-19 vaccines, Supreme Court justices, releasing confidential information from an ongoing investigation and interfering improperly with the Federal Police. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Bolsonaro bolts from Brazil ahead of rival’s inauguration

Outgoing conservative populist President Jair Bolsonaro has abruptly flown out of Brazil, just two days before his rival and leftist successor, President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, was set to take office. Published December 30, 2022

Sethuraman-Lu after 26...Rc4.

D.C.-area scholastic chess tournament smashes attendance records

The DMV represented, and the future of American chess is blindingly bright. That's two easy conclusions in the wake of the U.S. Chess Federation's record-shattering 2022 National K-12 Grade Championships, held Dec. 9-11 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Published December 20, 2022

Tik Tok application icon on Apple iPhone X screen close-up. File photo credit: ZanderSt via Shutterstock.

Bipartisan push to clip TikTok gains momentum in Washington

In Washington, the move to curb U.S. operations of the Chinese-controlled social media site is gaining new adherents every day, with both conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats expressing concern the popular platform represents a major security risk. Published December 18, 2022

Tan-Goryachkina after 32. Qxa7.

Dealing with imperfection at the chessboard

Chess is not a game of perfect. If every move were impeccable, every game would end in a draw. Very often, it's what the player does after he screws up that determines the outcome. Published December 13, 2022

Nunn-Shnaider after 16...Bd7.

Young or old, chess is a game for the ages

You're only as old as you play. The prime playing years for chess players are said to be one's 20s and 30s, but one great thing about our game is that it can be enjoyed and played skillfully by anyone at any age who can push a pawn, punch a clock and record the moves. Published December 6, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to participants of the Second Congress of Young Scientists at Sirius Park in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin: Ukraine’s ‘aggression’ led to infrastructure attacks

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered a new justification Friday for a campaign of bombing strikes on Ukrainian power lines and other civilian infrastructure that threatens to leave the country without power or heat as the winter comes on: Ukraine started it. Published December 2, 2022

Kaplan-Bronstein after 24. Rd5.

A rich history of 125 years of holiday chess at Hastings

The annual Christmas holiday tournament held in the Sussex town of Hastings, England, may have peaked a little early, but it's still been a reliable producer of top-flight chess in the 125 years since its unforgettable opening act. Published November 29, 2022