I am predominantly a 1. e4 player.
Because of my relatively short knowledge of opening repertoires, I am now forced to learn 1.d4 openings.
The problem is: I like playing 1. e4 openings. I feel that as a beginner, learning tactics is the best way to go and to do that is to play 1.e4 where tactics and combinations fly. That's also why I am not afraid to face the Sicilian Defence head-on (although I sometimes play the Bb5 and c3 Sicilians just to annoy my opponents).
Yesterday night, I was with another player (I am sorry I didn't get your name - if you're reading this) at the chess club at Manly-Warringah RSL and who else but Michael Morris turned up. Michael proceeded to play a simul lightning game against both of us (!). Michael is a fine chap. He is rated 2150+ and is Australia's 8th best under-20 chess player.
It's thus no surprise that he proceeded to kick the crap out of me (his other opponent fared better). I've never lost pieces so fast in under 5 minutes. In my first game, I lost my Rook in 2 minutes. In my second game, I lost my Queen in 3 minutes.
Ripped to shreds would be a more apt description, sore of like the victim that is being hunted by this hunter-of-all-hunters (see image on left above).