WCC Editing Project:
I would like to know more about the provenance of this game.
It is not listed in either Hilary Thomas "Complete Games of Mikhail Tal 1936-1959" (Batsford 1980); or Khalifman et al, "Mikhail Tal - 8th World Champion" (PC-CD).
Both <Tal> and <Nevitzky> indeed played in the <USSR Junior Team Championship Semifinal 1949> but they both played for Latvia in this event:
Note this part of the Rusbase page:
<Latvia: Pasman M.,Zilber I.,Kliavinsh Y.,Rapoport,Peterson A.,Trenko Z.,Nevitsky, Tal M.,Mednis>
They wouldn't have played each other, at least not at this event, which is listed at the top of the game on this page.
So the event listing for this game is wrong, or the answer might even be more complicated than that. Might it be an "offhand game" played between them during the course of the tournament?
Unfortunately, the Rusbase download link for games form this tournament does not include any of Tal's games:
If anyone can shed light on this mystery, I'd be grateful.