About us

About us

ABOUT

UNITY CHESS CLUB

At Unity Chess Club, you will receive world class training along with a rich learning environment that caters to each individual. We are committed to providing warm hospitality, high-quality facilities, and learning resources that the modern chess student will appreciate. Chess classes are taught by talented chess players from around the globe with strong emphasis on quality, comprehensiveness, and practicality.

Unity Chess was founded in the summer of 2008 by Pedram Atoufi, a World Chess Federation FIDE Master. Our goal is to cultivate extraordinary players capable of excelling on both the national and international stages. We firmly believe that every chess enthusiast can reach his or her full potential with the right tools and encouragement.

Pedram

Atoufi

Pedram Atoufi is the owner of Unity Chess Club and a World Chess Federation FIDE Master. He won the World Open of Philadelphia (under 2300 rating) in 2006, was a member of the Marmaris Team, winners of the 2002 Turkey Chess League and the 1992 National Youth Champion of Iran.

Coach Pedram began playing chess at the age of 12, which is quite an old age for an accomplished player and teacher. Chess was banned in Iran for 10 years by the government who considered it a form of gambling, with connotations of royalty. Once this ban was lifted, chess became the passion of his life and it still is today. He has played competitively in Iran, Turkey, Asia and the US. Today he is considered one of the finest instructors in the United States. His 14 years of teaching accomplishments include:

  • 2008 National Junior High School Champion, Brennen Lee
  • US National Champion Lane Tech College Prep Girls Team
  • Lane Tech College Prep Boys to 2nd place in Chicago Public Schools tournament
  • Lane Tech College Prep Boys to 13th place in Illinois High School Championships
  • Girls 3rd place winner at Asia Chess Championships (Ms. Forooz Seyyedi)
  • Boys 2nd Place winner at Turkish Nationals (Mr. Bahadir Koilu)
  • Top 7 year old in the World 2012 (Kevin Chor)
  • Qualified for World Cadet Championships 2012 (Kevin Chor)
  • National 1st Grade Champion 2016 (Steve Wongso)
  • National 8th Grade Champion 2016 (Rick Sun)
  • AIA High School State Champion 2016 (Bryson Gregory)
  • 1st grade Supernationals Champion 2017 (Steve Wongso)
  • US Chess Federation All American Team 2018 (Steve Wongso)
  • 1st Grade State Champion 2018 (Lennik Rempe)
  • K-5 State Champion 2018 (Jonas Rempe)
  • K-6 State Champion 2018 (Zachary Schlimgen)
  • K-8 State Champion 2018 (Kenneth Su)
  • Qualified for U8 World Cadet Chess Championship 2019 (Roshan Sethuraman)
  • Qualified for U10 World Cadet Chess Championship 2019 (Steve Wongso)
  • Qualified for Girls U12 World Cadet Chess Championship 2019 (Sophia Peng)
  • Qualified for Girls U12 World Cadet Chess Championship 2019 (Merissa Wongso)
  • Qualified for U12 World Cadet Chess Championship 2019 (Jayden Lee)
  • K-6 AZ State Grades Blitz Champion 2019 (Jayden Lee)
  • 1st grade AZ State Grades Champion 2019 (Roshan Sethuraman)
  • 2nd grade AZ State Grades Champion 2019 (Daniel Yan)
  • 3rd grade AZ State Grades Co-Champion 2019 (Michael Zhang)
  • 4th grade AZ State Grades Champion 2019 (Adith Shankar)
  • 5th grade AZ State Grades Champion 2019 (Matthew James)
  • 6th grade AZ State Grades Champion 2019 (Jonas Rempe)
  • 7th grade AZ State Grades Champion 2019 (Christian Song)
  • Coached young students to be the best in their age groups.
  • Multiple Competitors at the World Youth Championships
  • Many of his students have improved their rating hundreds of points through his first-class coaching.

Today, Pedram operates the Unity Chess Club to promote recreational chess within the community and teach chess strategy to his students.