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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

Clinton wins! Trump wins! (At least at the chessboard)

Stressed voters are making some momentous choices as this column is being written, but today we offer an oasis of unity in a parched desert of partisanship. For one column at least, both Clinton and Trump (or "Trumpf") can be winners. Published November 8, 2016

Kholmov-Lutikov after 11...Bc8.

Going beyond the chess rules to get the win

This just in from our Other Board Games Bureau: The Japan Shogi Association will soon ban players from bringing any electronic devices with them to matches, and players will have to go through metal detectors before they can enter the playing hall. Starting Dec. 14, leaving the tournament room in midmatch will also be forbidden, and those caught cheating will be permanently expelled from the association, the BBC reported last week. Published October 18, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to members of the media as she boards her campaign plane in White Plains, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, to travel to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Prestige foreign policy journal makes first-ever endorsement -- Clinton

Foreign Policy, the influential journal that is one of the establishment's favored debating grounds on international politics, economics and diplomacy, is the latest media publication to break with tradition and endorse a presidential candidate -- Democrat Hillary Clinton. Published October 9, 2016

Would-be U.K. Indepedence Party head Stephen Woolfe was assaulted at the European Parliament as the pro-Brexit party remains leaderless. (Associated Press)

Upstart U.K. Independence Party at war with itself after Brexit triumph

It's been an abrupt fall -- figuratively and literally -- for the U.K. Independence Party, which this summer saw its dream of a British withdrawal from the European Union come to pass but Thursday saw its would-be next leader laid out cold on the floor after a fistfight with a rival over the party's next act. Published October 6, 2016

Thoughts from champ Magnus Carlsen on chess, intuition and fashion

It was the first visit by the world's greatest chess player to the world's most powerful city. After a traditional Norwegian repast of cod and red wine hosted by Ambassador Kare R. Aas last week, world chess champ Magnus Carlsen met with a small group of reporters at the Norwegian Embassy here to talk chess, intuition, fashion, and his upcoming title defense match starting Nov. 11 at the Fulton Market building in Manhattan's Seaport District. Published September 27, 2016

President Barack Obama smiles with chef Jose Andres, after awarding the chef with a "Outstanding American by Choice" award during a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians, Friday, July 4, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Obama highlighted a positive side of the immigration debate by presiding over an Independence Day citizenship ceremony for service members who signed up to defend the U.S. even though they weren't American citizens. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin **FILE**

Obama honors chef who is feuding with Trump

He still isn't welcome at Donald Trump's brand spanking new Trump International Hotel, but celebrity chef Jose Andres will soon be honored at another famous Pennsylvania Avenue address -- the White House. Published September 14, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, extends his hand as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduces the Canadian delegation before a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Not waiting for U.S., Canada signs up for Chinese investment bank

The Obama administration increasingly finds itself on the outside looking in as Canadian officials announced Thursday plans to apply for membership in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the first North American country to join the China-founded development bank. Published August 31, 2016

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 file photo, a person stands near the Apple logo at the company's store in Grand Central Terminal, in New York. The European Union's executive branch rejected Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 the U.S. government's complaint that its probes into sweetheart tax deals between EU governments and big companies are hitting U.S. firms hardest. The European Commission, which polices EU laws, is cracking down on the practice in which EU governments offer low corporate tax rates to multinationals. The Commission has opened tax probes into Apple in Ireland, Starbucks in the Netherlands and Amazon in Luxemburg. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

U.S. furious over European Union's Apple tax 'money grab'

The Obama administration and key lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday strongly condemned a European Union judgment that U.S. computer giant Apple must pay billions of dollars in back taxes to Ireland because it had received what EU officials deemed "improper" tax breaks over the past decade. Published August 30, 2016