Ok, no doubt I'm going to get flamed, but here's the situation... I captain a 4.0 team. This season a friend of mine is joining the team. He has not played for several years and so he self-rated at 4.0. Now, 5 years ago he was a strong 4.5. He's not cheating per the self-rating guidelines which he followed carefully, and in reality he is playing no better than a mid-level 4.0 right now. But between you and me, by the end of the season I expect him to be back in form and blowing away 4.0 competition. Obviously I don't want him to get disqualified towards the end of the season. So, what's the best plan to avoid this? Without asking him to purposely tank games or matches - there's a limit to how low I'm willing to stoop. At the beginning of the season, before he gets into shape, should I put him in singles or doubles, and if doubles, better to pair him with a strong partner or a weak partner? And then once he starts getting better, what to do with him then? Advice is appreciated... lectures on my morals are not... c'mon, you know y'all would do the same if you could!