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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

Kourkoulos-Arditis - Indjic after 58. d6.

A long wait for action at Sinquefield leads to a search for chess drama elsewhere

The Sinquefield Cup, annually the strongest invitational tournament in the U.S., got off to a less than stellar start at the Chess Club of St. Louis, with just two decisive games -- two -- through Sunday's Round 5 and Polish GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda pulling out of the 10-grandmaster field after Round 1, citing ill health. Published November 28, 2023

Euwe-Keres after 22. f4.

Matchless — why one-on-one chess combat is largely a thing of the past

Well, stand your butt up then." "You stand your butt up, big guy." That actual exchange from an actual recent Senate hearing may have been less than edifying, but it did get us thinking about the stark decline in that ultimate in mano a mano chess, the challenge match between two consenting chessplayers. Published November 21, 2023

Family and supporters of the estimated 240 hostages held by Hamas in Gaza complete the final leg of a five-day solidarity rally calling for their return, from Tel Aviv to the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. The hostages, mostly Israeli citizens, were abducted during the brutal Oct. 7 Hamas cross-border attack in Israel and have been held in the enclave since as war rages. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Qatari mediator sounds hopeful note on Israel-Hamas hostage deal

Qatar's prime minister has sounded an optimistic note that a deal could soon be struck to free a large number of Israeli and foreign hostages held by the Palestinian militant group Hamas after its murderous rampage across southern Israel nearly six weeks ago. Published November 19, 2023

Beilin-Lipnitsky after 16. Rc1.

Finding sanctuary in a chess library

Not that writing a chess column qualifies as hazardous journalism, but sometimes trying to keep up with the news from the wide world of chess can be like trying to drink from the proverbial firehose. Published November 14, 2023

A man sits on the rubble overlooking the debris of buildings that were targeted by Israeli airstrikes in the Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Nov. 1, 2023. The White House says Israel has agreed to put in place four-hour daily humanitarian pauses in its assault on Hamas in northern Gaza. (AP Photo/Abed Khaled) **FILE**

White House says Israel agrees to first pause in Gaza fighting

The White House said Thursday that Israel has agreed to daily four-hour pauses in its offensive against Hamas militants to allow trapped Palestinian residents in Gaza to escape the fighting and possibly also to accelerate talks to free hundreds of hostages still held by the group. Published November 9, 2023

Vaishali-Garifullina after 15...Bc6.

American chess stars in the hunt for coveted Candidates’ slots at FIDE Swiss fight

Some 164 top players are competing now in the FIDE Grand Swiss and the FIDE Women's Grand Swiss tournaments on the Isle of Man. The prize for the two top qualifying players in both 11-round events: a slot in the 2024 open and women's eight-player Candidates Tournaments that will identify the next challengers for the world chess titles. Published October 31, 2023

Smoke rises following Israeli bombardment on Gaza City, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Abed Khaled)

U.S. faces balancing act as Israeli campaign builds against Hamas

The Biden administration escalated its tricky balancing act Sunday as Israel prepared for an expanded clash with Hamas militants in Gaza, again insisting Israel has the right to avenge the deadly Oct. 7 terrorist rampage but also cautioning that Israeli forces must take extra steps to avoid civilian casualties in the densely populated enclave. Published October 29, 2023

Artemiev-Rozum after 20...Nf8.

Caruana claimed third U.S. chess title by holding off the young guns

GM Fabiano Caruana not only captured his third U.S. national title with a dominating performance earlier this month at the St. Louis Chess Club, the world's No. 2 player also had a message for a generation of rising American stars aiming for his crown. Published October 24, 2023

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council via videoconference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 20, 2023. (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Kremlin slams dismissive tone of Biden’s speech on Putin, Ukraine

The Kremlin did not appreciate the text -- or the tone -- of President Biden's Oval Office address Thursday night seeking a major new funding package that would include tens of billions of dollars to aid Ukraine as it fights off a Russian invasion force. Published October 20, 2023

President Joe Biden speaks from the Oval Office of the White House Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, in Washington, about the war in Israel and Ukraine. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)

Biden declares Putin, Hamas threats to democracy in prime-time speech

President Biden laid out his case to the country and Congress that the U.S. must send $100 billion of taxpayer-funded aid to Israel and Ukraine, arguing that two wars in other parts of the globe threaten to undermine democratic stability around the world and to damage U.S. national security. Published October 19, 2023

Robson-Xiong after 26...Rg8.

Caruana romps, Yip survives in U.S. chess title tournaments

GM Fabiano Caruana coasted to his third U.S. national chess championship this week, while IM Carissa Yip took a more arduous route to claim her second U.S. women's title Tuesday at the events' traditional home at the Chess Club of St. Louis. Published October 18, 2023

Israeli tanks head towards the Gaza Strip border in southern Israel on Thursday, Oct.12, 2023. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Blinken cautions Israel against strike on Gaza civilians; shaken by images of atrocities

Israel's military on Thursday ramped up its promised campaign of retaliation for last weekend's murderous rampage by the Palestinian militant group Hamas, leveling entire neighborhoods in the Gaza Strip, massing troops for a possible ground operation against the Hamas stronghold, and vowing that a punishing blockage of the densely populated Palestinian enclave would continue until the 100-plus Israeli and foreign hostages are freed. Published October 12, 2023

In this Oct. 4, 2018 file photo, Palestinian members of the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad group, march with their weapons to show loyalty for the Iranian-backed Palestinian movement's newly elected leader Ziad al-Nakhalah in the streets of Gaza. Islamic Jihad is the smaller of the two main Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip, and is vastly outnumbered by the ruling Hamas group. But it enjoys direct Iranian backing, both financially and militarily, and has become the driving force in rocket fire and confrontations with Israel. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)

U.S., Qatar put hold on Iranian $6 billion fund after Hamas attack

Facing bipartisan criticism at home, the Biden administration has reportedly put a new hold on some $6 billion in Iranian funds held in a Qatari bank account in the wake of the attack by Palestinian Hamas militants on Israel that has killed more than 1,200 Israelis and foreigners. Published October 12, 2023