This test :
if ( a ) > 10:
will never do because a is a single digit.
Did you intend to use
You should learn to use the debugger as soon as possible. Rather than guessing what your code is doing, It is time to see your code executing and ensuring that it does what you expect.
The debugger allow you to follow the execution line by line, inspect variables and you will see that there is a point where it stop doing what you expect.
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Mastering Debugging in Visual Studio 2010 - A Beginner's Guide
The debugger is here to show you what your code is doing and your task is to compare with what it should do.
When the code don't do what is expected, you are close to a bug.
Advice: take a sheet of paper and try to do it by hand, your program should use the same procedure.