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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

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

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