PETAL, Miss. (AP) _ Charles Walker has reclaimed his title as world checker king by playing 229 games simultaneously, defeating 227 contestants, losing one contest and tying one.

''I am going home and eat me a steak,'' Walker said after completing his last match of the day at the National Checker Hall of Fame in this suburb of Hattiesburg. ''After dinner I am going right to sleep because I have been on my feet all day.''

That was eight hours of steady play. Walker, founder of the checker hall of fame, often paused less than 10 seconds to make his move as he hurried from board to board.

Walker's 227 victories Saturday breaks the record of 221, held by Canadian Army Maj. H. Roy White, who recorded his feat on Oct. 27, 1990, in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Before White, Walker had been champion for more than two years.

Walker's only defeat Saturday came on the board of Marian Tinsley, 65, of Tallahassee, Fla., world checker champion for 37 years before retiring undefeated from active competition.

''I felt I was getting a little too old,'' said Tinsley, who teaches mathematics at Florida A&M University. ''The only one who beat me was Father Time.''