Established 1908

June 1,2004

To whom it may concern:

It is with great pride that I write this letter of recommendation for Pedram Atoufi. Mr. Atoufi is not only an excellent chess coach, but also a wonderful person who I strongly recommend for your consideration.

I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Atoufi from September 2002 to May 2004. During that time Mr. Atoufi served as my assistant coach at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, Illinois.

Mr. Pedram is an outstanding chess coach. He is both very intelligent and very hardworking. As the former national champion of Iran, Mr. Atoufi brought a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the chess players of Lane Tech High School. His students improved tremendously under his supervision.

During the two years Mr. Atoufi coached at Lane Tech, the chess team finished 2nd out of 30 schools in the Chicago Public Schools Championship Tournament, 13th out of 110 schools in the Illinois High School Championship Tournament and the Lane Tech Girls' Chess Team finished 1st in the first Annual All Girls National Championship Tournament.

Furthermore, Mr. Atoufi was very liked by his players. They respect him not only as a coach, but also as a person. Mr. Atoufi will be missed very much by Lane Tech High School. The next school that has Mr. Atoufi as a chess coach will be very fortunate indeed.

I strongly recommend Pedram Atoufi for your consideration.


Steven Parsons
Psychology Teacher and Chess Coach
Lane Tech College Prep High School
Chicago, IL 60618
(773)534-5400 x5727