It's been a while since we Emacs enthusiasts have locked horns with the users of that other editor. Here's a simple VimGolf challenge to warm us up. Starting with the buffer
one two three
end up with
(one) (two) (three)
The best Vim score was 12 keystrokes. I did it in 7 without trying very hard; I just did the first thing that came into my head. So the challenge for Irreal readers is to do better than 7. I have no doubt that one of you will do significantly better.