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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

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

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley bluntly warned that the U.S. would be "taking names" of countries that accept American aid and support but would not back Washington in the vote. (Associated Press)

Allies and rivals at U.N. overwhelmingly oppose U.S. shift to Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Brushing aside threats from President Trump and America's U.N. envoy Nikki Haley, the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a resolution effectively condemning Mr. Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and calling on Washington to rescind plans to move the U.S. Embassy there. Published December 21, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin, announcing his candidacy for another term, said he hoped to "improve the lives of the people in our country and make our country stronger, safer and forward-looking." (Associated Press)

U.S. escalates feud with Russia over suspected INF treaty missile violations

The Trump administration is planning new diplomatic, military and economic steps to pressure Russia after concluding earlier this week that Moscow had violated the landmark Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty by deploying a new missile that U.S. military officials say is not allowed under the 1987 deal. Published December 8, 2017

"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