This can be considered a follow-up turn-around question for this similar question.
I recently came across this interesting analysis of the game of tug of war.
One of the closing discussions is the following image:
However, the writer follows up that:
[Given there are multiple people on both teams,] the drawing above shows that the shorter players on the left team also experience an upward component of force, and therefore the friction on their feet is reduced. The shorter player on the right team certainly experiences decreased friction, but the other players on the right team have increased friction at their feet.
How do all the forces add up? Is it beneficial to put taller people first in a game of tug of war as shown in the diagram above, or do the forces cancel each other out?