Consider the function $z(x,y)$ describing the paraboloid \[z = (2x - y)^2 - 2y^2 - 3y.\]Archimedes and Brahmagupta are playing a game. Archimedes first chooses $x.$ Afterwards, Brahmagupta chooses $y.$ Archimedes wishes to minimize $z$ while Brahmagupta wishes to maximize $z.$ Assuming that Brahmagupta will play optimally, what value of $x$ should Archimedes choose?

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