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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

President Trump is presented a New England Patriots jersey by Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, and head coach Bill Belichick during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, where the president honored the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for their Super Bowl LI victory. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Navarro: Trump White House like the New England Patriots

Peter Navarro, President Trump's increasingly influential economic adviser, compared the Trump White House to the NFL's New England Patriots, saying both have managed to have success despite an unusually high rate of employee turnover. Published March 7, 2018

Lein-Chandler after 27... Qd7-f7.

Anatoly Lein, Soviet great-turned-U.S. star, dies at 86

Anatoly Lein, the Leningrad-born grandmaster who was one of the last living members of the wave of Soviet refugees who transformed the U.S. chess landscape in the 1970s and 1980s, died March 1 at the age of 86 at his home outside Cleveland. Published March 7, 2018

Chirila-Holt after 19. hxg4.

Failing Chess 101 can be a royal pain for the king

When it comes to chess openings, there are a few basic must-dos that even the rankest beginner understands: Develop the pieces. Control the center. Protect the king. But sometimes, it seems, even the very best players forget -- with predictably dire consequences. Published February 20, 2018

Perez Ponsa-Nakamura after 49. Qg5.

On Gibraltar, Hikaru Nakamura is a Rock star

He may never have trashed a hotel room or shredded his way through a 35-minute guitar solo (as far as we know), but make no mistake -- GM Hikaru Nakamura is a Rock star. Published February 6, 2018

Bluebaum-Xiong after 38. Qd6.

Jeffery Xiong shines in the shadow of Magnus Carlsen's brilliance at Tata Steel event

In newspaper terms, the sidebars may have been more compelling than the main story at the 80th running of the powerful Tata Steel Chess Tournament in the chess-obsessed Dutch city of Wijk aan Zee. Despite a game challenge from local star GM Anish Giri, Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen prevailed in a blitz playoff for his record sixth Tata title Sunday. Published January 31, 2018

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, on the Financial Stability Oversight Council. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Russia shrugs as U.S. promises new sanctions -- eventually

Treasury Secretary Stephen T. Mnuchin insisted Tuesday that the Trump administration is still weighing sanctions related to Russian election meddling even after the State Department let the deadline pass without imposing any further penalties. Published January 30, 2018

Fuller-Basin after 34...Qxe3.

A Hail Mary leads to answered prayers at the chessboard

A "Hail Mary," as ecstatic Minnesota Vikings fans could tell you this week, is one of those last-second, throw-it-and-hope football plays that miraculously works out, where your guy comes down with the ball to score the winning touchdown. There are no wide receivers in chess, but the idea of snatching victory from defeat with a high-risk, long-odds final play is a very familiar one. Published January 16, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a Cabinet meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Best-known Russian pollster to stop releasing results

Russia's best-known independent polling shop said Tuesday it will stop publishing the results of its surveys, citing the legal risk after it was officially listed as a "foreign agent" by the government. Published January 16, 2018

White to play and mate in six.

Spending the holidays with some dear old chess friends

It's Christmas week, so we don't plan any heavy lifting today. No breaking news, no cutting-edge opening theory, just a little quality time with some old, comfortable companions. We start with the clever little six-move mate in today's diagram by Swedish composer V. Ropke. Even the most eggnog-addled problem-hater should have no trouble solving this one. Published December 26, 2017