http://www.fide.com/component/content/a ... arter-2009
So as a question for all those "responsible for the regulations of tournaments". What will be your default times? Is the ECF board going to recommend default times for English events? The de facto position is 30 minutes for tournaments and 60 minutes (with some exceptions) for evening leagues and county matches.The PB approved changes in the Laws of Chess including that the default time would be zero unless otherwise specified in the regulations of the tournament.
As far as I am concerned, zero default times would be an immense personal negative to participation and 15 minutes a marginal to serious one depending on travel issues. As it stands at present, late arrival is penalised by the loss of the time by which one is late, so the penalty is proportionate to the lateness with the default penalty time being one hour. Making the penalty for a ten second late arrival, the loss of the game is disproportionate. Had it applied in 1972, Spassky would have retained his title with a whitewash.