A leading Soviet chess player who secretly married the U.S. team captain and defected during the Chess Olympiad flew to the United States with her husband, a U.S. Consulate spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Susan Elbow of the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt said Elena Akhmilovskaya, the second-ranked player on the Soviet team, and her husband, John Donaldson, left on a Pan Am flight late Tuesday.Donaldson, the U.S. chess team's non-playing captain, married Akhmilovskaya on Friday during the international tournament in Athens.