The chemist's gambit


Next moves: learn chemistry, synthesise molecules, take over world? Elegant retrosynthesis is an artform, it is strategic: you need to plan ahead, but also be able to adapt, if reactions do not work out. When the lockdown in 2020 started, I came upon those very same patterns in completely different field – chess. With everyone stuck at home, online chess suddenly became highly popular, especially after the release of the series The Queen's Gambit. My friends and I were among those who gave it a shot.