Originally Posted by schmke
The truth is that you give yourself the greatest opportunity to improve your rating by playing with the weakest partner possible as the expected result is lower and thus there is more upside, and even a loss could improve the losing teams ratings.
While this may be true mathematically chances are improving your rating in this way will only change your rating in ways in which we cannot see. IE ... not changing levels.
The players that move up levels fall into to distinct categories ...
1) players that play up and are competitive
2) players that dominate thier level for a season or more.
It is extremely unusual to see someone move up a level with a subpar record becasue their partner was a weakling.