The origin of this conventional method is unknown. As the designation contains the name of a country even questions directed to the Australian Bridge Federation provide no plausible explanation as to the origin. However, since the country of Australia consists of seven different bridge associations and federations it is quite apparent that the knowledge about the origin of this conventional method shall remain unknown until a bridge player steps forward and claims ownership.

A reference is made to Australian Stayman on the website of Jack Bridge.com of The Netherlands, which has been crowned seven times the World Champion Computer Bridge software program for digital devices, especially the desk computer. Another reference is made to this conventional method at Bridge Toernooien, and which is also a site located in The Netherlands. This may lead the visitor, reader, seeker to conclude that this particular conventional method may indeed by more a method devised by a bridge player(s) in The Netherlands as opposed to the country of Australia.

     
     

The conventional method is presented below as found on these two Dutch websites. The opening is 1 No Trump with an undefined range. As with all conventional No Trump response methods the responses may be adjusted accordingly owing to the agreed point count range. In the example presented below the one example presented, without competition, is shown with the correct rebid of the No Trump bidder describing more accurately the holding.

This example is followed by the complete list of conventional rebids following a Stayman inquiry.

South
K985
QJ64
AK7
KJ
 
North
QJ7
K1097
854
AQ3
   
Bid   Response   Meaning
1 NT       Promises 15-17 points and balanced distribution.
    2   Australian Stayman conventional method.
3       Shows maximum values with both 4-card Major suits.
         
Rebids by the Opening No Trump Bidder
Bid   Response   Meaning
1 No Trump       Range determined by the partnership.
    2   Australian Stayman conventional method.
2       Shows minimum values with both 4-card Major suits.
2       Shows minimum values with a 4-card Heart suit but not a 4-card Spade suit.
2       Shows minimum values with a 4-card Spade suit but not a 4-card Heart suit.
2 NT       Shows minimum values and no 4-card Major suit.
3       Shows maximum values and no 4-card Major suit.
3       Shows maximum values with both 4-card Major suits.
3       Shows maximum values with a 4-card Heart suit but not a 4-card Spade suit.
3       Shows maximum values with a 4-card Spade suit but not a 4-card Heart suit.

Continuances

All continuances by the partnership are per partnership agreement following a first clarifying rebid by the No Trump bidder to the Stayman inquiry.

 

 

If you wish to include this feature, or any other feature, of the game of bridge in your partnership agreement, then please make certain that the concept is understood by both partners. Be aware whether or not the feature is alertable or not and whether an announcement should or must be made. Check with the governing body and/or the bridge district and/or the bridge unit prior to the game to establish the guidelines applied. Please include the particular feature on your convention card in order that your opponents are also aware of this feature during the bidding process, since this information must be made known to them according to the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge. We do not always include the procedure regarding Alerts and/or Announcements, since these regulations are changed and revised during time by the governing body. It is our intention only to present the information as concisely and as accurately as possible.

 


     
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