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Chess Course Instructor Information

Course Instructor

Samuel Hunt is a student in the Doctor of Educational Leadership program at Western Kentucky University and Graduate Assistant in the Center for Learning Excellence. Samuel has served as President of WKU MasterMind Chess Club since fall 2008. Samuel has helped to initiate and organize nearly 25 chess programs in the schools and coached dozens of students individually. Many of those students have gone on to become champions in local, regional, and state chess events as well as mentoring a national runner-up.

Samuel has also presented "The Power of Chess to Transform Learning Potential" at the 2012 STE Summer Conference as well as given presentations to several school boards including Green River Regional Educational Cooperative. In addition, Samuel co-authored a recent peer-reviewed article on how exercise, chess, and nutrition affect neurogenesis, published in the International Journal of Exercise Science. Hunt, Samuel and Navalta, James W. (2012) "Nitric Oxide and the Biological Cascades Underlying Increased Neurogenesis, Enhanced Learning Ability, and Academic Ability as an Effect of Increased Bouts of Physical Activity," International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 5: Iss. 3, Article 8. Available at:

Course Contributors

Ian Schnee is an Assistant Professor in WKU's Department of Philosophy and Religion. His work focuses on the theory of knowledge and the philosophy of film. He started teaching scholastic chess at the Berkeley Chess School while he was in graduate school. Ian coached hundreds of kids chess during his four years at the Berkley school and led individuals and teams to top finishes in several major events.

Chris Prosser is a teacher and scholastic chess coach as well as a certified tournament director with the United States Chess Federation. Chris has over 35 years of chess coaching experience in the schools as well as organizing events and leading teams to local and regional championships. Chris has also been a mentor to the WKU MasterMind Chess program for the past four years, helping Samuel Hunt organize several successful events including the WKU Open.

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