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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 Donald Trump speaks with reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump says world is adjusting to his leadership

President Trump acknowledged Tuesday that some countries were "a little bit nervous" when he took office, but they are now accepting his leadership in foreign affairs. Published October 17, 2017

Lombardy-Quinteros after 21...Rb6.

'Father Bill' Lombardy, Bobby Fischer's great contemporary, dies at 79

He was the greatest chess-playing Catholic priest since Ruy Lopez but only the second-greatest player in his own hometown, but we still honor the legacy of GM William Lombardy, who passed away from a suspected heart attack last week at the age of 79. Published October 17, 2017

Raskin-Kasparov after 29. Nd2.

Garry Kasparov on the Hill to honor U.S. Chess Center

We start with a world exclusive today -- a brand new, unpublished Garry Kasparov game that no other column, website or blogger can offer. I say that with some certainty since I was the only one in the room writing down the moves. Published October 3, 2017

Harkins-Kaufman after 31...Rc8.

Local chess hero: James Harkins, Cleveland's 'Hawk,' dies at the age of 87

Minerva, Kentucky-born Jackson Showalter was the "Kentucky Lion." Bostonians still raise a glass of Sam Adams to the memory of local-boy-made-good Harry Nelson Pillsbury. Chess fans in New Orleans honor the memory of Paul Morphy, the nation's first great player, and Jude Acers, a talented and colorful master still going strong taking on all challengers from his gazebo in the French Quarter at the age of 73. Published September 26, 2017

Meier-Kovalev after 37...Re8.

Angling for a win -- the chess player as fisherman

Google "chess and fishing" and you get, well, not a whole heckuva a lot. Both are nonaerobic activities that entail a lot of waiting around, but athletically inclined grandmasters tend to favor tennis or soccer. "Fish" was a term of derision for weaker players favored by Bobby Fischer and other players of his era. There is something called the "Fishing Pole Trap" in the Ruy Lopez that looks nothing like a fishing pole. Published September 19, 2017

Maxime Maximus: Vachier-Lagrave captures strong Sinquefield Cup

VL was the MVP in St. Louis. With the best result of his career, French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave topped a world-class field to win the 5th Sinquefield Cup, with an undefeated score of 6-3 at the St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center. Published August 15, 2017

Balakrishnan-Tiglon after 31...Re6.

Virginia puts on a show as Alex Lenderman takes U.S. Open Chess Championship

The first U.S. Open to be held in Virginia in 20 years proved a well-run affair that produced a worthy chess champion. With wins in the last two rounds over 2016 Open champ GM Alex Shabalov and rising Texas junior star GM Li Ruifeng over the weekend, New York GM Alex Lenderman captured his third Open title (he was co-champ in 2009 and outright winner six years ago in Orlando) with an undefeated 8-1 score at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel. Published August 9, 2017

FILE-  In this file photo taken on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaks to journalists in Moscow, Russia. A billionaire real estate mogul, his pop singer son, a music promoter, a property lawyer and Russia's prosecutor general are unlikely figures who surfaced in emails released by Donald Trump Jr. as his father's presidential campaign sought potentially damaging information in 2016 from Russia about his opponent, Hillary Clinton. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)

Russian lawyer Veselnitskaya gives her account of fateful Trump Jr. meeting

The Russian lawyer whose June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and other top Trump campaign officials has become a prime focus of the Russian election collusion probe is denying the meeting involved Hillary Clinton or the U.S. campaign, adding the congressional probes into the scandal are not interested in hearing her side of the story. Published August 4, 2017

Xiong-Chopra after 27...Qxb2.

Millennial meltdown: Young U.S. chess stars suffer beatdown

They won't be "liking" this on Facebook or boasting about it on Snapchat. We'll keep the fuddy-duddy jokes to a minimum, but there could be some real soul-searching after the disappointing performance of a team of top young American stars at the just-completed "Match of the Millennials" at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. Published August 1, 2017

Liang-Li after 24...Bh3.

Carlsen to play knockout; Liang a wonder in U.S. chess juniors

This could be fun. The news broke Monday that world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway has agreed to play in September's FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia, the 128-player knockout scrum in which players must win two-game minimatches to advance. Published July 25, 2017

Wheeler-Bachmann after  23. Ra1-d1.

A July 4 tradition: Chess in Philly at the World Open

What better way to celebrate the nation's birthday and show one's patriotic spirit than to stare at a chessboard deep into the evening in the ballroom of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel? Published July 12, 2017

Yanosky-Dulanto after 21...Rg8.

North star -- Daniel Yanofsky was a pioneer for chess in Canada

Happy Independence Day -- Canada! As America marked its 241st birthday Tuesday, our neighbors to the north are celebrated a much bigger milestone. It was the sesquicentennial of the founding of Canada, marking that memorable day on July 1, 1867, when (um, according to Wikipedia) the British Parliament voted to sweep the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario into the newly formed Dominion of Canada. Published July 6, 2017

Romanishin-Molenda after 17...Bb7.

A modern take on the ancient art of king-hunting in chess

"To me, the term 'king hunt' invariably conjures up an image of a bygone era, when chess was played over coffee and cigars at the Cafe de la Regence," U.S. GM Daniel Naroditsky wrote on chess.com. Modern chess, by contrast, "is all about gritty defense and precise calculation, and such lopsided displays of attacking mastery are exceedingly rare." Published June 27, 2017