Originally posted by kbaumen
Will it ever be possible for non-subs to enter tournaments? At least one at a time. At least the chance to define whether a tournament is valid for non-subs. I'd really like to play in one and I don't have the money to order a subscription and my mum won't give because she thinks that "I shouldn't spend money on crap on the internet".
try making a case for RHP:
1. intellectual stimulation
2. mature social development
3. safe competitive fun
Let her know that the communication is moderated and anything inappropriate for under 13 is immediately removed and the member submitting the material banned, almost instantly
Let her know that chess has been valued by royalty, famous military generals, scientists, and scholars for centuries (almost 500 years)
Remind her that developing mature and socially responsible skills on the internet is an important life skill and character quality that you will need to be competent in the future
Offer a performance contract:
1. you will guarantee her that you will only devote (60 minutes, or 90 minutes, or 120 minutes, or whatever is agreeable to her, to RHP chess each day, within a certain time period)
2. you will guarantee her that you will only log into RHP after your homework and household chores have been completed.
3. you agree that she can cancel your membership at any time that you violate these rules (maybe work in a one-warning, or one-warning, one suspension, agreement, if she is management-oriented)
None of this works, of course, if money is extremely tight and every penny counts. (you didn't mention a father having influence here, or some other in-laws type of participation)
If money is the issue, then offer to pay for the subscription yourself with money earned cutting grass or shoveling snow or recycling cans etc.
What about asking for the membership as a birthday or holiday gift?
We hope that you are successful. Let us know.