Originally Posted by LeeD
I see little reason for a stronger pair to team up together.
Better than strongest play with the weakest, while the two middle level players play together.
I've organized/set up "draws" for a number of socials over the last few years. What happens, people request to be partnered with someone. It could be a spouse, a child, a friend, whatever. And quite often you get a 4.0 guy wanting to play with his "2.5" wife (meaning, a complete beginner), or something of that nature. I usually break the "draws" into two or three groups by skill level. But what about that couple? Well, if I have two groups, one 3.5- and the other 4.0+, I'll put this couple in the "lower" group. So, the 4.0 guy ends up playing against 3.0 or 3.5 ladies. Not good, but IMO better than the alternative: having him and his wife play against two 4.0+ players. Before the social starts I'd gently suggest to the 4.0 guy to be, well, gentle. Some would follow this suggestion and some wouldn't, to a rather comical effect sometimes. Still, it's all good fun