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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

Birthday boy Benko has left a lasting mark on the game of chess

In the popular imagination, he's perhaps most famous for the tournament in which he didn't play. Pal Benko, the Hungarian-American GM who turns 90 on July 14, willingly gave up his slot in the 1970 Interzonal Tournament to Bobby Fischer, putting Fischer on track to win his epic world title match against Boris Spassky two years later. Published July 3, 2018

Charousek-Skultety after 11...g7-g6.

H.E. Bird displayed a healthy appetite for chess brilliance

'I never beat a healthy man." That wry old observation, attributed to the great British 19th-century master H.E. Bird, came to mind recently on the news that Chinese GM Ding Liren fractured his hip in a bicycle accident and had to withdraw midway through the strong Altibox Norway Chess tournament last month. Published June 26, 2018

Financier George Soros is out of step with what a clear majority of what Hungarians want, says Peter Szijjarto, Hungary's minister of foreign affairs and trade. (Associated Press)

'Stop Soros Bill' puts spotlight on Budapest-born financier

George Soros has become so prominent in the Hungarian domestic political debate that the crackdown on illegal immigration pushed by nationalist prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party in parliament this week is widely being described as the "Stop Soros Bill." Published May 31, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, shakes hands with Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, left, during their meeting at the US State Department in Washington, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

'Natural ally': Hungary leads fight against anti-U.S. 'hysteria' in Europe

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Hungary has no intention of joining the "U.S.-bashing chorus in Europe," in part because Budapest and Washington now are singing from the same page on issues such as immigration, security and the right of sovereign nations to set their own policies, Hungary's foreign minister said in an interview. Published May 31, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-In listens during a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

South Korea's Moon calls emergency meeting after Trump cancels Kim summit

Apparently blindsided by President Trump's decision to cancel next month's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, South Korean President Moon Jae-in convened an emergency meeting of his top security officials in Seoul Thursday night to discuss what happens next. Published May 24, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 23, 2018. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Pompeo: North Korea shut off talks on prepping for Trump-Kim summit

North Korea shut down bilateral contacts to prepare for the proposed summit between President Trump Kim Jong-un several days before Mr. Trump on Thursday abruptly called off the planned June 12 meeting in Singapore, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a congressional hearing. Published May 24, 2018

Shri V.K. Singh, India's minister of State for External Affairs, addresses representatives of other ASEAN foreign ministers during the ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting and their Dialogue Partners Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. The annual forum, hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), brings together the top diplomats from 26 countries and the European Union for talks on political and security issues in Asia-Pacific. (Rolex Dela Pena/Pool Photo via AP)

Indian minister makes first visit to North Korea in decades

In a sign other countries are rushing into the diplomatic breach opened by the U.S.-North Korea rapprochement, a top Indian diplomat is making the first trip by a senior Indian official to Pyongyang in two decades. Published May 17, 2018

Hardline Iranian demonstrators burn representations of the U.S. flag during a gathering in front of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 9, 2018, reacting to President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the nuclear deal and renew sanctions on Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Kuwait continues Iran straddle after Trump decision

Kuwait, the one Persian Gulf Arab nation that has tried to maintain relations with Iran, is continuing its diplomatic straddle a day after President Trump announced the U.S. was pulling out of the 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran. Published May 9, 2018