A leading Soviet chess player who secretly married the U.S. chess team captain and defected during the Chess Olympiad was in Frankfurt with her husband Monday awaiting a U.S. visa, a U.S. official said.

Elena Akhmilovskaya, the second-ranked player on the Soviet team, married John Donaldson, the U.S. team's non-playing captain, in Greece on Friday during the Olympiad.The couple flew Saturday to Frankfurt after a secret wedding in Salonica's town hall.

"They have initiated the process for obtaining an immigrant visa for Mrs. Donaldson," U.S. Consulate spokesman Craig Springer told The Associated Press.

He said the couple were expected to spend several days in Frankfurt.