If you had to start from nothing regarding chess, using your present knowledge. What would you do differently? Would you..
1. Have different books in your chess library?
2. Develop a different opening system
3. Use a different software program?
4. Begin a different course of study before entering a tournament?
I often wonder about this. The biggest thing I would have done differently. Is refrain from buying so many openings books. They are helpful up to a point, but I've found exploring my own varations on openings is a better way to gain an advantage over an opponent than blindly dictating moves from a book. Any other ideas?....