The Chinese World Champions
This interesting photo was published at Chinese portal site Sina. It shows all 15 Chinese Go players that have ever won at least one Go world championships.
The back row players (younger ones) are: Piao Wenyao, Fan Tingyu, Jiang Weijie, Mi Yuting, Shi Yue, Tuo Jiaxi, Zhou Ruiyang, Chen Yaoye, Tang Weixing. The front row players (more senior ones) are: Kong Jie, Luo Xihe, Ma Xiaochun, Yu Bin, Chang Hao, Gu Li.
Of course, this photo, taken back in 2014, does not include Ke Jie, the latest and 16th Chinese world champion.
List of Chinese world champions (update in January 2016, 30 titles in total)
|Ke Jie||3||2016-01||2nd||Mlily Cup||3:2||Lee Sedol|
|2015-12||20th||Samsung Cup||2:0||Shi Yue|
|2015-01||2nd||Bailing Cup||3:2||Qiu Jun|
|Tuo Jiaxi||1||2014-02||18th||LG Cup||2:1||Zhou Ruiyang|
|Tang Weixing||1||2013-12||18th||Samsung Cup||2:0||Lee Sedol|
|Mi Yuting||1||2013-12||1st||Mlily Cup||3:1||Gu Li|
|Chen Yaoye||1||2013-06||9th||Chunlan Cup||2:1||Lee Sedol|
|Fan Tingyu||1||2013-03||7th||Ing Cup||3:1||Park Jungwhan|
|Shi Yue||1||2013-02||17th||LG Cup||2:0||Weon Seongjin|
|Zhou Ruiyang||1||2013-01||1st||Bailing Cup||3:0||Chen Yaoye|
|Jiang Weijie||1||2012-02||16th||LG Cup||2:0||Lee Changho|
|Piao Wenyao||1||2011-02||15th||LG Cup||2:0||Kong Jie|
|Kong Jie||3||2010-07||23rd||Fujitsu Cup||1:0||Lee Sedol|
|2010-02||14th||LG Cup||2:0||Lee Changho|
|2009-12||14th||Samsung Cup||2:0||Qiu Jun|
|Gu Li||8||2015-06||10th||Chunlan Cup||2:0||Zhou Ruiyang|
|2010-12||15th||Samsung Cup||2:1||Heo Yongho|
|2009-05||1st||BC Card Cup||3:1||Cho Hanseung|
|2009-02||13th||LG Cup||2:0||Lee Sedol|
|2009-01||4th||Toyota Cup||2:0||Piao Wenyao|
|2008-07||21st||Fujitsu Cup||1:0||Lee Changho|
|2007-03||6th||Chunlan Cup||2:0||Chang Hao|
|2006-04||10th||LG Cup||3:2||Cheng Yaoye|
|Luo Xihe||1||2006-01||10th||Samsung Cup||2:1||Lee Changho|
|Chang Hao||3||2009-06||7th||Chunlan Cup||2:0||Lee Changho|
|2007-01||11th||Samsung Cup||2:0||Lee Changho|
|2005-03||5th||Ing Cup||3:1||Choi Cheolhan|
|Yu Bin||1||2000-05||4th||LG Cup||3:1||Yoo Changhyuk|
|Ma Xiaochun||2||1995-08||8th||Fujitsu Cup||1:0||Kobayashi Koichi|
|1995-05||6th||Tongyang Securities Cup||3:1||Nie Weiping|
Note the list of young players holding one title each. They storm the Go scene after 2011. When they won all six international titles in 2013, the Chinese central TV channel surprisingly gave the most prestigious sport personality of the year award to all of them. Chinese media vividly call them "[wolf] pack with one title". They form the backbone of Chinese Go, or 'thickness' using a Go term. However the media have since been speculating who would break though from the pack and become the next leader.
Now, Ke Jie does look like the best candidate becoming the next leader.