The score is everything

Unlimited Games. Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?
Match Play. Red trails 4-5 to 7? Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?
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Match Play. Red trails 4-5 to 7? Should Red double? If doubled, should White take?

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