A Well Known Position

Match Play 1-1 to 5. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?
Match Play 1-1 to 5. Red owns the cube on 2. Should Red redouble? If redoubled, should White take?
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Match Play 1-1 to 5. Red owns the cube on 2. Should Red redouble? If redoubled, should White take?

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