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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

Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in the Immortal Regiment march at the Red Square in Moscow on Tuesday to mark 72 years since the end of World War II and the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany. (Associated Press)

Putin proves a lonely host for Russia's latest 'Victory Day' celebration

Russia's international isolation was on vivid display Tuesday as just one foreign leader -- the president of Moldova -- joined Russian President Vladimir Putin to witness the Victory Day parade marking the 72nd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Published May 9, 2017

So-Mamedyarov after 38. Rd1-d2.

For America's busy chess stars, no rest for the weary

Time was when the world's greatest players could go for a good long spell without doing battle against their peers. Elite events, where the entire field consisted of the best of the best, tended to be held months, even years apart, taking on legendary status in shorthand like Hastings 1895, New York 1924 or Moscow 1935. Published April 25, 2017

Iranian worshippers chant slogan "death to America" during their Friday prayer ceremony at the Tehran University campus in Tehran, Friday, April 7, 2017. A senior cleric called missile attacks by the U.S on a Syrian air base "crimes" and accused America of providing chemical weapons to rebels. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran sees 'cover-up,' 'bogus allegations' in U.S. missile strike against ally Syria

Despite Iran's own history as the victim of a mass chemical gas attack by Saddam Hussein in the 1980s, top officials in Tehran on Friday condemned President Trump's punitive missile strike against Syria over its suspected use of chemical weapons against the regime's enemies, accusing Washington of hypocrisy and deception. Published April 7, 2017

This frame grab from video provided on Tuesday April 4, 2017, by Qasioun News Agency, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows a Syrian man carrying a man on his back who has suffered from a suspected chemical attack, in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, Syria. The suspected chemical attack killed dozens of people on Tuesday, Syrian opposition activists said, describing the attack as among the worst in the country's six-year civil war. (Qasioun News Agency, via AP)

Iran condemns chemical attack but won't blame Syrian ally Assad

In its first official comment on the suspected chemical attack on rebel-held territory in Syria Tuesday that killed more than 100 people, Iran strongly condemned the strike but refused to blame its ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad. Published April 5, 2017

Krush-Yu after 41...h7-h5.

Red-hot Wesley So sets the pace in early rounds of U.S. chess title race

So young. So talented. So successful. That pretty much sums up the recent record of the 23-year-old Filipino-born U.S. GM Wesley So, who has been perhaps the world's most successful tournament player of the past year. He's looking to extend that run -- and an unbeaten streak that has now reached nearly 60 games -- at the 2017 U.S. championship tournament at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. Published April 4, 2017